Our optometrists at Eyes on 34th are part of the Eye See Eye Learn Program

Eye See…Eye Learn® Information for Parents

We know that your child’s eye health is important to you.  That’s why the Alberta Association of Optometrists, and the Eye See… Eye Learn® (ESEL) program, are dedicated to helping you detect and prevent eye health issues in your children from birth through to adulthood. The ESEL® program provides a fun and interactive way to introduce your children to eye care.  Fribbit®, our ESEL® mascot, puts a friendly and like-able face on optometry.

Alberta Health covers the cost of complete eye exams for children ages 0-18. The ESEL® program supplements this by providing a pair of free eyeglasses to kindergarten children who require a prescription.

Hear what other parents have to say about children’s vision, check out parenting blogs DadCamp by Buzz Bishop and Travels with Baggage by Jody Robbins.

Vision Problem Indicators

If your child is displaying any of these behavioral or verbal indicators, it may be a sign of eye health problems.  When taking your child to the optometrist, make sure to mention these indicators.

  • Dislike or avoidance of close work or detail work (ex: LEGO, drawing, etc.)
  • Short attention span or “daydreaming” more than is normal for a child
  • Turning or tilting the head to use only one eye, or closing or covering one eye
  • Difficulty remembering, indentifying and reproducing basic geometric forms (triangle, square, etc.)
  • Placing head close to books or desk while reading or writing
  • Excessive blinking or rubbing of the eyes
  • Losing place while reading or using finger/marker to guide eyes
  • Trouble finishing written assignments in alloted time
  • Difficulty remembering what has been read
  • Age-inappropriate and persistent reversals of letters
  • Poor eye-hand coordination
  • Headaches, nausea and dizziness
  • Burning or itching eyes
  • Blurring of the vision at any time
  • Double vision