Markham Stoufville Hospital Child Development Programs

Blind-Low Vision FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I have my child’s eyes examined?

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their eyes examined at six months, at three years of age and then every twelve months or as recommended by your optometrist.

Does my child have to be able to read to have their vision tested?

Eye examinations can be done at any age whether a child can speak or read.

Are eye exams covered by OHIP?

OHIP covers an eye exam every twelve months for children 19 years old and younger.

What are the signs that my child can’t see well?

According to the Ontario Association of Optometrists, there are often no signs that a child has a vision problem. For this reason regular eye exams are important. For more information about possible red flags for vision, please see the Red Flags Vision Checklist.

Do eye exams hurt?

No, an eye exam won’t hurt but the doctor may need to put drops in your eye. These drops may sting but only for a few seconds.