Did you know

Dr. Fossey, and the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommend that children should have their first eye exam between 6 months to one year of age, followed by annual appointments.

Children up to 10 years of age lack the experience to know what “normal” vision is. Since the part of the brain that is responsible for vision is developing rapidly during the preschool years, but slows significantly after the age of six, it is important to detect and correct vision problems early so that children can participate fully in all learning opportunities.

Eye See Eye Learn ProgramDr. Fossey is proud to be part of the Eye See, Eye Learn program in the Niagara Region.

The program encourages all Junior Kindergarten children to have a comprehensive eye exam performed by an optometrist, which is covered by OHIP.

If the child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive a pair free of charge, from the program’s sponsors. There is a fundamental link between healthy eyes and proper learning. It is important to detect and correct vision problems early so that children can participate fully in all learning opportunities.

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Is my eye exam covered by OHIP?

According to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the following patients are covered for yearly eye exams by OHIP:

  • Patients 19 and under
  • Patients 65 and older
  • Patients 20-64 with certain medical conditions

Feel free to ask us if you qualify, or for more information, please visit the Ontario Government

Patients may be covered by their own insurance plans. You can contact your benefits provider, or we can help you with that!

Vision Therapy

Vision TherapyNormal sight may not equal normal vision. For children, 80% of all information including classroom learning comes through the visual system. Poor visual skills can lead to difficulties in school and sport performance. As such, it is important that a child’s visual system functions properly to allow for appropriate learning. Vision therapy is a customized non-surgical treatment program designed by an optometrist to help children improve and strengthen visual and eye muscle function and performance. Vision therapy is similar to physiotherapy, but works by improving the connections between the eyes and the brain. Vision therapy improves learning ability and visual skills, of which are important for reading and education. For children, the brain is very plastic, and thus easily moldable. However, this period of plasticity decreases with age, so vision therapy is most effective in children less than 8 years of age (vision therapy is proven to be effective well into the teenage years, but is not guaranteed). The goal of vision therapy is to achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision. Improvement in some cases may not always be achieved. Vision therapy programs may take a few weeks, to months, or even a year to complete. The length of the program depends on the willingness of patient participation, the type of visual dysfunction, and how long the condition has existed.

Vision therapy is used to treat the following dysfunctions:

  • computer vision syndrome (eyestrain and headaches experienced by children and adults)
  • amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • strabismus (crossed eye)
  • accommodative insufficiency/facility/spasm (focusing control)
  • convergence insufficiency/divergence excess (eye coordination; interferes with reading)
  • convergence excess/divergence insufficiency (eye coordination)
  • tracking problems or skipping lines while reading
  • slow reading speed and poor comprehension
  • letter reversal (b vs d, p vs q)