Making sure your children get regular eye exams is as important as getting routine health screenings, yet many do not call for children’s eye exams because they do not want to incur the cost. The good news is that up to age 20, each person is covered by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) for one exam every 12 months, as well as for any follow-up that the optometrist or physician deems necessary. There are a number of reasons why children’s eye exams are important.
One of the major reasons for children’s eye exams is to ensure your child does not need vision correction in order to participate fully in their studies. Often a child is unable to voice that they are unable to properly see the teacher and the material presented. They think it is normal for things to be fuzzy, and you may have no idea that their school work is suffering because of it.
Another reason children’s eye exams are important is because many eye conditions can be corrected if diagnosed early. This can be the case with eye misalignments and amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. Many conditions are not easily noticeable by parents and others close to the child, so getting an eye exam is critical.
At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we accept OHIP covered patients, including those under 20 who qualify for children’s eye exams and seniors age 65 and older who are also eligible. If you have questions about any of our services and want to know if OHIP would cover the cost of your child’s eye exam, give us a call. We also accept most insurance carriers and self-payment.