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Children’s Vision Initiative. OLF Update 2008. If optometry alone could make Eye See…Eye Learn a reality in Canada…it would have happened long ago!. HOW TO make your province Eye See…Eye Learn Friendly!.

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if optometry alone could make eye see eye learn a reality in canada it would have happened long ago
If optometry alone could make Eye See…Eye Learn a reality in Canada…it would have happened long ago!

HOW TO make your province Eye See…Eye Learn Friendly!

ESEL is a program that was designed to raise awareness of government, parents, teachers and other providers about the importance of eye health and the strong correlation between vision and learning.

let s see the results
Let’s see the results!
  • 452 children were examined (44%)
  • 84% of the children were > 60 mos. of age
  • 6% were prescribed spectacles
  • 8% were diagnosed with a binocular vision/accommodative problem
  • 14% of the children were identified with some form of a vision problem

PHASE IDefine Your Realities

  • In your province are eye exams for children funded through the private or publicly funded system?
  • Who are your potential partners who would/could/might support an initiative to raise awareness about eye health
  • What other programs are already being offered which have an eye health component?
  • Does/will your membership support and participate in an Eye See…Eye Learn initiative? Is the support full or conditional?
School Board Trustees


Parent Groups (PTA)



School Board Associations

Public Health Nurses/Clinics




Private companies looking for a “cause”



Lion’s Club

Multicultural Network Group/Society

Children’s programs already established in your province

Other provider groups (OT’s)

Phase IIFind your “Champions”

form a working group


Your target group will determine the mix of your working group

questions that need to be addressed
Questions that need to be addressed !
  • Is a pilot an appropriate starting point?
  • Is funding a challenge?
  • Is government support key to your success?