As per the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), one of the most effective ways to limit the spread of the Corona virus is to carry out as much client care as possible via virtual means, limiting the time spent face-to-face. In alignment with CASLPO and with current Public Health guidelines across the province of Ontario, Child Development Programs has implemented virtual assessment and treatment services for children and families. In an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19 across our community, and protect our clients and staff, Child Development Programs will continue to offer virtual service wherever/whenever possible while monitoring for updated Public Health guidance.
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.