NLAO Launches Eye See… Eye Learn Program in Collaboration with NL Government and Essilor Vision Foundation Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Optometrists (NLAO) announces the launching of the Eye See… Eye Learn Program in the province, with the support of the Government of NL and Essilor Vision Foundation Canada. The program will provide an eye exam for any 4- and 5-year-old children not covered under private insurance when preparing for kindergarten.
Dr. Sarah Hutchens, President, NLAO, says “As many as one in four school age children have visual problems and 60% of children with reading difficulties have undetected or uncorrected vision problems. When you consider that up to 80% of learning is dependent on vision, the importance of maintaining a healthy visual system becomes clear.”
“Studies have shown that 86% of children under the age of 6 have never had a comprehensive eye exam. Our foundation is working with school districts across Canada, and these initiatives discover 25% of children who have uncorrected poor vision in school. Our organization is thrilled by this new project and congratulates both NLAO and the Government of NL for their engagement in our fight against poor vision”, explained Simon Robert, Executive Director of the Essilor Vision Foundation Canada.
The “Eye See Eye Learn” Program will provide a full eye exam for children who do not have private health insurance that covers the cost of a full eye exam. In the case of partial coverage, the program will cover a co-payment up to a maximum agreed amount. An authorization form is required to participate in the Eye See Eye Learn Program. This form will be available on NLAO website (www.nlao.org). Parents and guardians will be able to print the form, find an Optometrist near them and make an appointment before the child starts school as part of the program. If required, the NLAO will provide one pair of glasses, courtesy of Essilor Vision Foundation Canada, a corporate partner of NLAO.
With the support for a Children’s Vision Program, Dr. Hutchens says: “Every child will have access to a full eye examination by a Doctor of Optometry before entering kindergarten. Good vision is essential for students to reach their full potential. A comprehensive eye exam by an Eye Doctor will diagnose visual health issues and ocular conditions. Many of these issues, if detected while the child’s vision system is still developing, can be corrected.”
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