Helping More Junior Kindergarten Students Succeed In School

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Helping More Junior Kindergarten Students Succeed In School

McGuinty Government Takes Next Step In School Eyecare Plan

Office of the Premier

The McGuinty government is helping more Ontario children succeed in the classroom by helping them see better.

Parents of junior kindergarten students will be encouraged to bring their child in for a free eye exam at participating eye doctor offices. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan will cover the cost of the eye exams. The Province is working in partnership with the Ontario Association of Optometrists.

Jungle Eyewear (Bo Optik), Hoya Vision Care and Johnson and Johnson Vision Care will provide free glasses to junior kindergarten students who need them.

This next step is part of a larger program to ensure more than 117,000 JK students get their eyes tested province-wide by 2015. About 14,000 children are expected to need glasses.

Quick Facts

  • One in six children has a vision problem, yet 80 per cent of children do not get eye exams before the age of five.
  • Fourteen school boards will participate in the program this September.
  • Uncorrected vision can affect a child's ability to read, write and learn.

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“We're bringing full-day kindergarten to more and more students, but it's a lot harder to learn if children can't see well. The sooner we catch vision problems, the sooner our youngest students are set to learn.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

Deb Matthews

“We want to ensure that all children in Ontario have the best opportunity to succeed in school. The Eye See...Eye Learn program catches eye problems at the right time, before they get worse, and allows young children to become confident and fully able learners right away.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Too often children don't complain to their parents about not seeing well because they don't know what normal vision is supposed to look like. Vision problems create obstacles for children to achieve their full learning potential. We are proud to work in partnership with the McGuinty government and the optical industry to help our children succeed in school with better access to health care.”

Dr. John Mastronardi

President, Ontario Association of Optometrists

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