Kindergarten Eye See…Eye Learn™ Program

Your child’s vision and eye health are essential for learning.

Kindergarten students in Alberta can receive free glasses if needed

Eye See…Eye Learn™ is a program that provides kindergarten students in Alberta with a comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist. If required, kindergarten students also receive a free pair of eyeglasses.

How kindergarten students participate* (Three easy steps)

Step 1

Parents select a participating Eye See…Eye Learn™ optometrist.

Click on Find an Optometrist and Eye See…Eye Learn™, then enter your postal code to find an optometrist close to you. Call and book an appointment.

Step 2

See your optometrist for the eye exam. Have your health card ready. There is Alberta Health coverage towards your child’s eye exams up to age 19.

Step 3

If required, kindergarten students will receive a free pair of eyeglasses. Ask to see the frame selection available. Your optometrist will order your glasses for you.

*Free glasses are covered by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Eye See…Eye Learn™ program access

Eye See…Eye Learn™ is available to all kindergarten students in Alberta.

It’s important to address eye health and vision problems before children begin school. Children are eligible from August until they begin Grade 1.

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An overview of your child’s eye exam

You can’t see the world through your child’s eyes, but your optometrist can. During your child’s eye exam, your optometrist will assess:

  • Visual acuity (how well they can see).
  • Lazy eye, crossed eyes.
  • Nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism.
  • Colour vision.
  • Eye coordination, tracking and depth perception.
  • Eye health.
  • Family health history, overall health and lifestyle.

Parents, did you know:

  • 80 per cent of learning is visual.
  • One in four school-aged children has a vision problem.
  • Children with vision problems are often misdiagnosed as having learning or behavioural disabilities.
  • The earlier an eye health or visual problem is identified, the more likely it can be corrected.
  • Children often don’t know they have a vision problem, as they believe what they are seeing is normal.
  • It is not uncommon for parents to believe they would know if their child has a vision problem, because these issues can be hard to spot particularly if there is a problem in only one of the eyes.
  • For more information about Eye See…Eye Learn™ contact the Alberta Association of Optometrists at 1-800-272-8843 or visit Eye See…Eye Learn™ .

Eyewear Partners

The Alberta Association of Optometrists gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Government of Alberta.

Your Alberta optometrist is a skilled professional

  • Alberta optometrists have specialized education. They complete a Bachelor of Science degree, followed by a four-year Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited university.
  • Alberta optometrists are experts who play an important role in the vision, eye health, and overall health of your family.

Alberta optometrists are trained to:

  • Treat, manage and correct disorders and diseases of the visual system, the eye and its associated structures.
  • Recognize and detect related systemic conditions and manage ocular manifestations.
  • Diagnose, treat and manage binocular and perceptual vision disorders.
  • Prescribe any topical or oral Schedule 1 drug in the context of eye care.
  • Remove superficial foreign bodies from the eye in or below the surface of the cornea.
  • Plus, the independent management of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
  • Alberta optometrists provide primary eye care.

Find an Eye See…Eye Learn™ Optometrist

Kindergarten Eye See…Eye Learn™ Program: Additional resources for parents

Doctor’s Note video tips

Further reading

Eye See…Eye Learn™: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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