Vision problems can affect their learning abilities, social development, self-esteem and hand eye coordination.

If not identified early, some problems can permanently reduce a child's vision.

Why does this happen?

  • The most common problems are hard to spot without formal tests.
  • Most parents do not realize how vital early eye checks are.
  • Most parents do not know that OHIP covers eye exams for children.
  • Many parents think glasses are too expensive.
  • Some parents perceive wearing glasses to be stigmatizing.
  • Some parents believe that glasses weaken eyes.
  • Family doctors and pediatricians have neither the knowledge nor the equipment to examine eyes.

How can I protect my child?

  • Infants and toddlers should have their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months.
  • Have your child's eyes examined at least once between the ages of 2 and 5 years, and annually up to age 19.
  • Limit your child's screen time.

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