Child Visual Health and School-based Vision Screening Program 2018-2019

In January 2018, the Ministry of Health released the new Ontario Public Health Standards, which included the new vision screening program. Boards of health are now required to offer vision screening to children in senior kindergarten in the school setting and promote children’s visual health.

The overall goal of the program is to ensure that children have equal opportunity to attain their optimal visual health by promoting visual health, ensuring the provision of vision screening for senior kindergarten students in all schools annually, and assisting families in accessing an optometrist for regular comprehensive eye examinations.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, Public Health Sudbury & Districts fully implemented the school-based vision screening program throughout the service area, screening a total of 1760 senior kindergarten students. The infographic provides an overview of key program results following the first year of implementation.

This item was last modified on January 10, 2020