Brunswick Association of Optometrists, along with the Government of New
Brunswick, are working together to encourage every child to have a
comprehensive eye exam before entering kindergarten. A full eye exam is the only way to ensure that
your child can see well.
questions that parents frequently ask:
Q. I don’t have insurance. How can I pay for an
A. The Healthy Smiles Clear Vision program covers
basic items, such as a yearly exam, lenses and frames. More information is
available at Healthy Smiles, Clear
Vision – Vision Benefit for Four Year Olds (gnb.ca)
the brochure here:
have further questions about the Healthy Smiles, Clear Vision program, please
contact Medavie Blue Cross toll free at 1-855-839-9229. Once your
child has had an eye exam, your optometrist will complete a summary form that
they will give to you for your records.
Q. Why is it important that my child have an eye
examination before starting school?
A. About 80 percent of children begin school
without a comprehensive eye exam, yet vision problems have been identified as
one of the major factors that limit a child’s ability to learn.
Q. How many kindergarten children have vision
A. One out of every four children enters school
with an uncorrected or undiagnosed eye health or vision problem. This is based
on research in New Brunswick and is consistent with other provinces.
Q. What if my child is diagnosed with a vision
A. Your optometrist will recommend the appropriate
treatment, for example, glasses, vision therapy or referral to an
Q. How do I find an optometrist?
A. If you don’t currently have a family
optometrist, you can find one in your area by looking on the web site: https://opto.ca/find-a-doc
If you have any questions or comments, please do not
hesitate to call the New Brunswick Association of Optometrists at 506-458-8759 or