Is your child's vision health at risk?

5/30/2014

​Did you know that 86 per cent of children under the age of six in Canada have never had an eye exam? This figure may be even higher in New Brunswick given that most other provinces insure comprehensive eye examinations for children and youth.

In New Brunswick, only children whose families rely on social assistance receive optometric care coverage.

According to a recent study, one in four school-age children in Canada have a vision problem. An alarming statistic given that more than 80 per cent of early learning is visual, and poor eyesight can significantly affect a child’s ability to perform in school and develop to their full potential.

In fact, many children who are diagnosed with learning problems or behavioural issues actually have a correctable vision problem.

A child doesn’t need to be able to read to have an eye exam. It is recommended that a child has their first eye exam between six and nine months of age, again at three years, prior to entering kindergarten, and yearly after that.

May is Vision Health Month – and CNIB and Doctors of Optometry Canada are reminding parents that regular, comprehensive eye exams are key to protecting your child’s sight.

Every parent wants their child to be healthy and happy – and regular visits to your Doctor of Optometry are an important part of that.

To arrange interviews, contact:

Nicole Lawrence
Communications Specialist, CNIB
(902) 453.1840, ext. 5721
nicole.lawrence@cnib.ca

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