As of April 1, 2022, Toronto Public Health is no longer providing Preschool Speech and Language, Blind-Low Vision and Infant Hearing programs. These programs have moved from Toronto Public Health to Surrey Place. To make a referral or for more information, please contact Surrey Place at 416-925-5141. Learn more about this change.
Vision is important to a child’s overall development. In fact, 85 percent of what we learn is through our vision. Although babies can open their eyes and respond to light by blinking around the 27th week of pregnancy, when babies are born, their vision is not yet fully developed. Vision develops as children grow so it’s important to have your children’s eyes checked by a health care professional to make sure their visual development is on track.
The Ontario Optometrist’s Association recommends children’s eyes be tested:
Yearly eye exams are covered by OHIP for children from birth to 19 years old.
If you have concerns about your child’s vision, contact an optometrist who works with young babies and children.
The Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program in Ontario provides services to children who are blind or have low vision, and their families. To access these services in Toronto, contact Surrey Place.
For more information about your child’s health, development or behaviour, contact a Toronto Public Health Nurse at 416-338-7600 or chat live.