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Your child’s vision is very important to overall development. It is one of the most important senses for a child’s development. Nearly 85% of a child’s early learning occurs through vision. Children who have a visual impairment are at a greater risk for developmental delays or communicative disorders.


It is recommended that your child have an annual eye exam starting at three years of age, or earlier if you have concerns. You may book an appointment with an optometrist and do not need a referral.  Learn more at: OHIP Coverage for Eye Care Services.

For more information on developmental milestones and early warning signs go to services for children who are blind or have low vision.

To learn more about services in your area click here: Tri-Regional Blind-Low Vision Program and the Eye See Eye Learn Program.


When should I have my child’s eyes examined?

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their eyes examined at annually or as recommended by your optometrist.


Does my child have to be able to read to have their vision tested?

No, eye examinations can be done at any age.


Are eye exams covered by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan)?

OHIP covers an eye exam every twelve months for children 19 years old and younger.


What are the signs that my child can’t see well?

According to the Ontario Association of Optometrists, there are often no signs that a child has a vision problem. For this reason regular eye exams are important. 


Do eye exams hurt?

No, an eye exam won’t hurt but the doctor may need to put drops in your child’s eye. These drops may sting but only for a few seconds.


For more information on developmental milestones click here.

For more information on eye exams click here