Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the annual school vision screening program has been suspended. We encourage all parents/guardians to schedule an appointment for their child to see an optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination once every 12 months, a service covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for all children 0-19 years of age.
In accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards, the staff of the Porcupine Health Unit is pleased to offer the new Child Visual Health and Vision Screening Program annually to senior kindergarten students in all schools.
The vision screening program helps to identify potential vision problems in young children whose health and learning may be affected by undetected or untreated conditions. Many vision complications have no symptoms and can easily go unnoticed; fortunately, detecting a vision problem at an early age will have a positive impact on a child’s ability to learn.
Parents of Senior Kindergarten (SK) students will receive notice that the vision screening will take place during the school year. All SK students will be screened unless the Health Unit receives notification from a guardian that they do not want their child to participate or if the child is absent or refuses to participate.
Porcupine Health Unit staff will perform 3 non-invasive tests taking approximately 10 minutes per child.
HOTV visual acuity chart. The student will be asked to identify letters on a chart to measure clarity or sharpness of vision.
Randot 3D vision book. The student will be asked to identify or point to shapes while wearing 3D glasses to measure depth perception.
Auto-refractor. The student’s eyes will be scanned with a camera to measure the size and shape of the eyes.
The vision screening program is strictly offered in schools. If your child is absent on the day of the screening, we encourage parents or guardian to schedule a FREE comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist.
The Porcupine Health Unit would be happy to assist you in finding an optometrist in your area. We can be reached by phone: 705-267-1181 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eye See Eye Learn is a program to encourage parents and guardians of junior kindergarten students to book a comprehensive eye exam at a participating optometrist. The cost of the exam is covered by OHIP. If the child needs glasses, they will receive a free pair of eye glasses valued at over $250. Visit the Ontario Association of Optometrists website for more information.