Eye health is an important part of overall health and helps kids develop, learn and read. Every year in Ontario 7,000 kids lose the use of an eye because they weren't properly treated for a problem. The most common problems are hard to spot without formal eye tests. We support healthy eyes by connecting parents and kids to services and information.
Babies should have their first eye exam at six months old. One eye exam per year is free for kids 19 and under with an OHIP card. Book an appointment with an optometrist.
Brant County Health Unit staff will visit a few schools to begin vision screening for senior kindergarten students during the 2018-2019 school year.
Find out more about
vision screening in schools.
If you are receiving Ontario Works, you and your family may be eligible to get help to pay for vision care for your children, such as prescription eyeglasses and eyeglass repairs. If you have high health costs and no longer qualify for financial help from Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits may be available to help you, including for eyeglasses. Contact the local Ontario Works office.
Kids in junior kindergarten can receive one pair of free glasses through the
Eye See... Eye Learn program.
Those with visual and financial need, can qualify through the
The Kids See Free program can be found at some stores from the Loblaws chain. These stores include Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Zehrs, and Fortinos. The store must have an optic centre. Please phone a store near you for details. The program is for children
ages 4 to 10. The
2019 program will be offered during the month of
May and from
August 16 - September 11.