Skip to main content Skip to sitemap
Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
young girl wearing glasses with eye chart in background

Vision Screening in Schools

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health provides vision screening in schools for Senior Kindergarten (SK) students. The screening checks for signs of vision problems, so issues can be addressed in a timely manner.

The Screening Process

Vision Screening at Elementary Schools

The screening consists of three short and simple tests to find out if a child might have vision problems. Children who already have glasses are screened while they are wearing their glasses. A letter summarizing the results of the vision screening is sent home with the child to inform parents or guardians of any vision-related concerns.

Please note that this program does not replace the importance of regularly scheduled visits to an Optometrist.

School Requirements for Screening

To provide the best experience for students, Public Health staff require dedicated space during vision screening. To prepare, please review the Required School Screening Practice Guidelines.

For detailed information about school screenings, consent, and where to direct parents for information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions and Information for School Staff document.

Other Important Information

An eye exam with an Optometrist is free of charge to those with a valid OHIP card, once every 12 months, up to the age of 19. To find a local Optometrist, visit the Ontario Association of Optometrists website www.optom.on.ca or call their toll-free number at 1-800-540-3837.

Need More Information About Vision Screening in Schools?

Please call our Vision Screening program at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680, or email info@hpeph.ca.

Interested in receiving monthly updates about HPEPH programs and services?

Sign up for our e-newsletter

We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.