Good vision and eye health are important to a child’s development as more than 80% of a child's learning is based on vision.
One in five children have a vision disorder and if left unchecked serious long term problems can result. This is why early childhood screening programs are vital to detecting and correcting vision disorders in children before they reach 6 years of age. With strong, healthy eyes, children will be able to more easily learn, adapt, and develop throughout childhood to the best of their ability.
It is recommended that children have a full eye exam by an optometrist by the age of 3 years and then annually thereafter. Routine eye examinations are covered by MSP (are free) for all children 0-18 years of age.