Why should a child have an eye exam?
If vision goes uncorrected…
Eye co-ordination problems can cause:
o Reduced concentration
o Slower processing speed
o Interference with phonetic or eidetic decoding and spelling
o Reading deficiencies
In preschool children, reduced depth perception and reduced accommodation were found to be predictors of reading performance in kindergarten and grade 1.
o Risk of injury to sound eye increases.
o This could arguably be the biggest public health issue concerning the vision of young children
o One study from the UK showed that when the sound eye is injured, only 35% of people were able to continue in paid employment
o Social consequences
o Lower self esteem
o Negative Self Image
o Increased likelihood of criminal activity
o Academic Performance
o Reduced visual acuity at near has been reported to be more common in children with learning difficulties
o Hyperopia has been shown to strongly linked with reduced literacy skills
o Correction of hyperopia has been shown to result in improved reading achievement
o Anisometropia has been demonstrated to be more common in children with poor reading skills
o Decreased likelihood of higher education
The Eye See… Eye Learn® program is designed to detect, diagnose and treat children with vision problems when they begin junior kindergarten, so that every child can see and learn to the best of their ability. Junior Kindergarten (JK) students receive an OHIP-insured eye exam by a participating OAO member, and if prescribed, one complimentary pair of glasses courtesy of our exclusive industry partners, and participating optometrists.
Don’t let junior kindergarten students miss the opportunity to get their eyes examined (paid by OHIP) and be able to participate in the Eye See…Eye Learn program. The ESEL program will end for the current JK students (born 2014) on June 30th