Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program

Blind-Low Vision FAQs

Here are the answers to some common questions that parents ask:

When should I have my child’s eyes examined?

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their eyes examined at six months, at three years of age and then every twelve months or as recommended by your optometrist.

Does my child have to be able to read to have their vision tested?

Eye examinations can be done at any age whether a child can speak or read.

Are eye exams covered by OHIP?

OHIP covers an eye exam every twelve months for children 19 years old and younger.

What are the signs that my child can’t see well?

Sign and symptoms of eye problems:


  • Blinking and squinting excessively
  • Closing or covering an eye when looking at objects
  • Tilting or turning of the head when looking at objects
  • Drifting of one eye when looking at objects
  • Losing place or using a finger to maintain place when reading
  • Performing consistently below potential
  • Avoiding close work

According the Ontario Association of Optometrists, there are often times when children with vision problems do not exhibit signs or symptoms. For this reason regular eye exams are important.

Do eye exams hurt?

No, an eye exam won’t hurt but the doctor may need to put drops in your eye. These drops may sting but only for a few seconds.