2019/2020 School Year
Dear Senior Kindergarten (SK) families:
In 10 days, Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services and the local Lions Club will be offering a vision screening program for SK students at your school.
What is vision screening? Vision screening is a series of three short tests to find out if a child may have an issue with their vision. Possible issues may include:
- trouble seeing an object up close or far away
- trouble getting both eyes to look the same way
- one eye being stronger than the other
To complete the screening tests, your child will be asked to look at or through equipment and no eye drops are used. All SK children will be screened by trained volunteers using tests and measures set out by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Please note your child should still see an Optometrist for a full eye exam every year. These exams are free for all children 0-19 years old who have a valid OHIP Health Card.
Why is vision screening important?
The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) states that about 80 per cent of learning comes from what you see. Also, one in every six children has some sort of vision problem. Vision issues can affect a child’s ability to balance, be independent, play, and learn to their full potential. Links between the eyes and the brain are mostly formed by the age of six, so it is important to treat vision issues as early as possible.
Will I get the results?
On the day of screening, a letter will be sent home with your child. The letter will indicate whether or not a concern was identified and what to do next. You may also receive a reminder notice 20 days following the screening.
I do not want my child’s vision screened
If you would like to opt-out of having your child’s vision screened call Public Health at 519-575-4400, or submit an opt-out form at: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/visionoptout
When you opt-out you will need to give this information:
- Your full name
- Your child’s full name
- Your child’s date of birth
- School name
- Teacher name
If you have questions about the vision screening program or would like more information call Public Health at 519-575-4400.