Did you know that 80 per cent of all learning during a child’s first 12 years is visual based? Yet children rarely complain about problems because they think their poor vision is normal.

Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of children’s development and their eyes should be examined regularly. York Region Health Department is encouraging all parents have their child’s eyes checked before school starts each year. Senior kindergarten is also an ideal time for screening and early detection of eye problems.

Poor vision treated early can prevent serious challenges at home, school and play that parents don’t even realize. Many eye diseases and problems can be detected and treated early to avoid increased loss of vision.

To ensure optimal vision development, children should have yearly eye exams. Examinations can be arranged through your doctor, primary health care provider or through a local optometrist. Vision screening is also conducted in some York Region schools through external screening agencies.

Vision screening is free with an OHIP card for children up to 18 years of age.

See your doctor or book an eye exam today. Visit findaneyedoctor.ca for more information.