We’re officially into back to school prep. The shopping, the address and phone number memorizing and crossing things off of the supply lists. One of the things we’ve added to this list is the annual eye exam, that’s 100% covered by Alberta Health Care. Did you know that kids entering kindergarten are also eligible for free glasses, if required?
Eye See, Eye Learn
We all want our kids to do well in school and as parents we try to do everything in our power to help them be ready. Unfortunately, there is an obstacle to successful learning that many children face: 25% of children begin grade one with a vision or eye problem that has NOT been detected! This saddens me and is one of the reasons I participate in the “Eye See… Eye Learn”. Through this program, kindergarten kids receive a full eye exam and if needed, free glasses! Every kid in kindergarten qualifies for this program. It’s not based on income or any other factors.
Eye exams for everybody under 19 years old are covered by Alberta Health Care. At my offices, if the child is in kindergarten and needs glasses, they’re provided for free! This makes eye exams accessible for all children and the reason I participate is because I believe that all children should have the best vision available to them.
Even if you think your children do not have any vision problems, they should get their eyes checked because many vision problems are only detected by a full exam. Even as an optometrist, I couldn’t be sure that my children are seeing properly if I didn’t bring them in and do the proper tests. Remember the stat from above: 25% of kids in grade one have an undetected vision problem.
In the fall, my son Jaxon will be starting kindergarten and to get ready we have reviewed his letters and numbers, purchased a cool backpack, and I will definitely be checking his eyes. Get your kid’s eyes checked too. It’s free! And there’s nothing more frugal than free.Dr. Bob Champion is proud to be the father of Jaxon (5) and Risa (3). His favourite part of being an optometrist is the interactions he has with his patients. He loves examining the eyes of people of all ages, but has to admit that there’s always some extra enjoyment when interacting with children and infants. He’s always happy to see new patients on the Southside of Edmonton at Lendrum EyeCare and in Sherwood Park at Doctors EyeCare.