Back to School and Eye Exam
by Optoplus / September 2019
Under 18? Glasses and Eye Exams Are Reimbursed by the Government
In order to integrate a concept to be successfully, one must listen, watch, put it into practice and… start again. Did you know that 80% of a child’s learning (under the age of 12) is done through their sight? An eye exam by an optometrist is required to ensure your child sees well in time for back-to-school.
While one in four school-aged children live with a vision disorder, one must remember that eye exam fees for children under the age of 18 are reimbursed by the Régime d’assurance maladie du Quebec (RAMQ). All parents can take advantage of this coverage, even if they have private insurance.
New this year, the government has launched its glasses reimbursement program for those under the age of 18! Although there are some details that remain to be finalized, as of September 1, 2019, up to $250 will be reimbursed for glasses purchased. Although it is possible to receive a retroactive refund, any purchase of a pair of prescription glasses will be included in the program as of September.
Why Should My Child Undergo an Eye Exam if Their Vision Appears Fine?
While some symptoms of poor vision are easily detected, many children have learned to live with their poor vision by compensating and/or developing various strategies to see better. They may not complain as they have become accustomed to their poor vison, however, it may affect their concentration and their ability to perform in class.
Signs to Look For:
Does my child…
- Have difficulty following a moving object;
- Squint, rub or blink their eyes repeatedly when trying to read;
- Have a lazy eye;
- Close one eye to focus better;
- Experience light sensitivity;
- Have teary eyes;
- Fall or bump into things often.
If you have answered yes to one or more of these, it is best to seek the advice of an optometrist, even if your child already visited one earlier this year. See to your child’s success by booking a comprehensive eye exam today!
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