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Bluewater District School Board is expanding its partnership with the Lions club and the Ontario Association of Optometrists’ Eye See…Eye Learn® program to offer free vision pretesting and hearing assessments to junior kindergarten students during April and May.
Whereas only specific schools participated over the past two years as part of a pilot project, this year’s pretests/assessments by trained Lions volunteers are being offered at all Bluewater District School Board junior kindergarten schools to students whose parents have provided consent.
The Ontario Association of Optometrists’ Eye See…Eye Learn® program encourages parents to take their children to a doctor of optometry for a professional eye examination at an early age.
Following the quick vision pretests completed by the Lions volunteers, parents will be advised of the findings and then encouraged to take their children’s results to an optometrist for a more comprehensive eye examination. Costs will be covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).
In addition, any junior kindergarten student requiring glasses will receive one complementary pair, courtesy of the Eye See…Eye Learn® program in partnership with OGI Eyewear and Nikon Lenswear. (This offer is available until the end of June 2016.)
The Lions volunteers will also be assessing speech recognition and sharing the results with parents. If necessary, parents may be encouraged to take their children to a professional for a full hearing assessment.
“Our evolving partnership with the Lions club and Eye See…Eye Learn® program has been very beneficial in raising awareness of the importance of assessing vision and hearing at a young age, which can have a significant influence on early learning. We are really pleased to be able to expand this program to all of our schools offering junior kindergarten,” says Superintendent of Education Alana Murray.
More information regarding the Eye See…Eye Learn® program is available by visiting www.EyeSeeEyeLearn.ca .
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016