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Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO), Eye See…Eye Learn® Program

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO), Eye See…Eye Learn® program will be available across the province starting July 1.

The program is available to all children age Junior Kindergarten students (born 2011) from July 1 until June 30. The program encourages parents to book a comprehensive eye exam with a participating optometrist to detect any vision problems that might hinder the child’s ability to learn and play.

There is no cost to the parent. The eye exams are covered by OHIP (Ontario Health card) and, if the child needs glasses, they will be given one complimentary pair courtesy of the optometrist and the program’s eyewear partners.

The program is also funded in part by the Ministry of Health to help children have the best start to school. Too often children start school without ever having a comprehensive eye exam. Children don’t know what normal vision is supposed to look like so they don’t complain to their parents. They just learn to cope. Many parents assume they will spot a vision problem but they can hide in plain sight with no noticeable signs.

For more information or to book an appointment with a participating optometrist, visit

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