Eye Care FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
How does my child’s vision impact my child’s learning?
According to the Ontario Association of Optometrists…
- 80% of classroom learning is done through the eyes
- 1 in 6 children have some form of vision problem and should see an optometrist
- Children with poor vision often find it difficult to focus on their work and may be misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioral disability
- Good vision is vital to developing skills such as reading, copying and hand eye coordination
What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists are your eye doctors. Optometrists specialize in eye exams, plus diagnosing, treating, managing, and preventing eye diseases and disorders of the visual systems. Optometry is the practice of examine the eye and related eye structure. Ontario’s optometrists are your primary eye and vision health doctors. – Ontario Association of Optometrists
What eye care services are covered by OHIP?
Generally, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) provides the following eye care coverage:
- Children aged 0 to 19 years: One full eye examination annually
- Adults aged 20 to 64 years: One full eye examination annually for people with certain medical conditions. Check with your optometrist for details
- Seniors aged 65 and above: One full eye examination annually
At what age should my child have their first eye exam?
The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that a child should have their first eye assessment between the ages of 6 and 12 months. For more information see http://www.infantsee.org/
How often should I have my eyes checked?
At Unionville Optometry, we recommend that you have an eye exam annually. Even if you do not wear glasses, you should have a complete eye examination every year. Your Optometrist may recommend more frequent visits if required.