As with all health issues prevention and early intervention is the key. In a 2006 survey Statistics Canada it was reported that 836 000 Canadians identified themselves as having a seeing disability. Almost 20 000 of these were children under 14 years of age. The total number of visually impaired and blind Canadians is projected to double over the next 25 years.
These are alarming statistics. A comprehensive eye exam is considered the most reliable and accurate method of diagnosis and treatment of vision problems. This eye exam will evaluate key visual skills essential for work and everyday life.
Children must be taken for a comprehensive eye exam every year. It appraises if both eyes are working concurrently, if the eyes are focusing properly and the ability for the eyes to move properly when reading across a line. Every year more than 10 MILLION children (one in four) in North America go to school each year with undetected vision problems that can seriously interfere with their learning abilities.
Children under 19 years of age and seniors over 65 years of age have their eye exams covered under their health card. If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, or glaucoma your eye exam is also covered with your health card.