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Eye See Eye Learn

If the child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive a FREE pair donated by Plastic Plus, Modern Optical and your participating Doctor of Optometry. The value of the glasses is estimated over $250.

The Eye See…Eye Learn® program was developed to raise awareness among parents of the importance of having their children’s eyes checked upon starting school. Each year thousands of children start school without ever having an eye exam.

Children, who cannot see the board, focus on a picture or follow words in a book may struggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact their hand-eye coordination for physical activities and even impact their social development. In fact, 80 percent of learning comes directly through vision.

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) recognizes the important link between eye health and learning, and recommends comprehensive eye examinations for all children entering kindergarten. The Eye See…Eye Learn® program will help make sure our kindergarten students get the best start to learning

The program is funded in part by the Government Ontario.

Eye See…Eye Learn® provides comprehensive eye exams by local Doctors of Optometry to junior kindergarten students in participating school regions. The eye exams are covered under provincial health insurance (or OHIP) when you show your child’s health card. This means that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam.



  • Approximately 80% of a child’s learning is done through vision (Source: Canadian Association of Optometrists)
  • 60% of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision troubles (Source: Canadian Association of Optometrists)
  • At 6 months, an eye doctor can spot if the baby’s eyes are developing normally and whether early treatment can prevent bigger problems down the road
  • Around 2-3 years old, a more comprehensive exam can be done. The most important eye exams, however, are during school years as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can change quickly in that time. A child who cannot see clearly may exhibit signs of inattention or irritability. As such, Dr. Cassandra Chung always recommend an eye exam as the first protocol in diagnosing concerns for a child’s classroom behaviour
  • Squinting is the classic symptom of any person who may need glasses or contact lenses. Another sign is if your child tends to close one eye when looking at things. Try to notice if the eyes don’t seem aligned. In this case, you may notice that one of your child’s eyes tend to drift and don’t both point at the object he or she is looking at. Lastly, if your child rubs his or her eyes frequently or complains of headaches, it may be due to eyestrain or allergies, which can be diagnosed by an eye doctor. Other signs include red, itchy or watery eyes, sensitivity to light, eye pain, excessive blinking, poor concentration or irritability, holding objects very close, and avoiding books and television. 


  • 7.4 billion people need to protect and preserve their vision. 4.6 billion people need vision correction. 2.5 billion people live with uncorrected vision problems. 6 billion people do not protect their eyes against harmful UV and high energy blue light (Source: Essilor Academy Canada)
  • Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world. (Source: Think About Your Eyes)
  • 90% of people who work more than 3 hours a day on a computer suffer from visual fatigue (Source: Essilor Vision Foundation)
  • This year only 1 in 10 people will have an eye exam (Source: Essilor Vision Foundation)
  • More than 1 million Canadians are living with blindness or a significant loss of vision; 510,000 are in Ontario. 75% of vision loss can be treated or prevented (Source: CNIB.ca)
  • 90% of skin cancer occurs on the face and neck, with 5-10% occurring on the eyelids (Source: Essilor- UV Protection Essential to Vision Health)
  • 31% of Canadians only go for eye exams once every 5 years or less (Source: National Post)
  • 80% of vision problems or impairment worldwide are avoidable or even curable / corrected (Source: VSP)
  • The eyes are the only place in the body where it is possible to look at the most microscopic blood vessels in the body in real time, non-invasively. As such, your eye doctor can detect early symptoms of serious health conditions such as diabetes.


  • Wear sunglasses! Sunglasses could shield your eyes from health problems as varied as sunburn, cataracts, and skin cancer.
  • More than 2.5 million eye injuries occur every year globally. Fortunately, 90% of those eye injuries could have been prevented with the use of protective eyewear. In order to better protect yourself and your family, ask us about protective eyewear.
  • Protect yourself from harmful high energy blue light that is commonly emitted from fluorescent lighting, the sun and digital devices. Ask us about KODAK Total Blue and BluSelect Lenses and how it can help protect you from harmful blue light that can cause eye strain, macular degeneration and affect your sleep.