Eye See...Eye Learn Program
A Childhood Eye Health and Vision Awareness Program
All Island children, who are pre-kindergarten and kindergarten age, can access one free eye examination and one free pair of glasses, if needed.
Who is this program for?
Children who are pre-kindergarten age or kindergarten age. The children are eligible to enter or be enrolled in a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program between July 1st and June 30th of a given school year.
Children need to be a PEI resident with a valid Health PEI card.
A child in this age range should receive an eye examination no matter if vision concerns exist or not. Early detection of vision issues is very important.
Why is it important for my child to have an eye exam?
When children start school, 80% of their learning is through vision. One in four school age children has a vision problem. Young children rarely complain of vision problems, because they do not know they have one. They believe what they are seeing is normal.
Regular eye examinations identify eye health or vision problems. The earlier an eye health or visual problem is identified, the more likely it can be corrected. It is recommended that infants should have their first eye exam at six months of age.
The Eye See…Eye Learn program encourages all Island children in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten age group to participate.
How can my child participate?
Step 1: Call your optometrist to book your child's eye exam appointment. If you don't have one, visit PEIoptometrists.ca to find an optometrist near you.
Step 2: Visit your optometrist for the eye exam. Bring your child's PEI Health card to the appointment.
Step 3: Have private health insurance with vision coverage? Please bring your insurance card to the appointment. The costs will be billed to the insurance first. Any remaining amount will be covered by Health PEI. Those with private health insurance may have to pay up front and be reimbursed based on the insurance policy coverage. Claims can be submitted to the health insurance provider, then an application for co-pay reimbursement is completed and submitted to Health PEI for the remaining amount. Those with no private health insurance will have the full cost of the eye exam covered by Health PEI.
What will an optometrist assess during my child’s eye exam?
An optometrist will assess:
- Visual acuity,
- Lazy eye, crossed eyes,
- Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism,
- Eye coordination, tracking and depth perception,
- Colour vision,
- Eye health,
- Family health history, overall health and lifestyle.
Should your child need glasses, your child will receive a free pair through the Eye See…Eye Learn program, sponsored by Bo-Optik, Vision Tech Labs and the Prince Edward Island Association of Optometrists (PEIAO).
How do I contact the Eye See… Eye Learn Program?
Public Health and Children’s Developmental Services
Speech Language Pathology, Audiology, and Eye See Eye Learn programs
Sherwood Business Centre, 2nd floor
161 St. Peters Road, PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Fax: (902) 620-3195
The Prince Edward Island Eye See… Eye Learn program is offered through partnerships with Health PEI, Prince Edward Island Association of Optometrists (PEIAO), Bo-Optik and Vision Tech labs.