We’re very excited to announce the launch of Eye See You, our community outreach and education program for children. It’s designed to complement the province-wide Eye See Eye Learn program, which provides free prescription glasses to children in kindergarten. Since Calgary Family Eye Doctors is a participating clinic in the Eye See Eye Learn program, we want to do what we can to promote eye health education for children to ensure that parents and caregivers know that comprehensive eye exams are important for children of all ages.
How does the program work?
Eye See You is an education-focused program that is targeted towards young children and their parents/caregivers. We will come to you to give a short presentation to a small group of kids (and/or their parents and caregivers) about eye care and eye health. Presentations are given by one of our Optometrists – since Optometrists have in-depth knowledge, they can go into as much detail as you need and answer any questions you may have about your child’s eye health. Also, your child will see an Optometrist at their eye exam and we hope that meeting an Optometrist beforehand can help demystify the process a bit.
The presentation is approximately half an hour long.
Who can host a presentation?
Currently, Eye See You targets preschools, daycares with preschool-age children, kindergarten classes, and new mom/parent groups. But we’re more than happy to present to older children as well.
How do we set up a presentation?
It’s easy! Just contact us to arrange a date and time for your presentation. Then we come to you and give the presentation to your group. (We’ll also bring goody bags for the kids!)
Please note that at this time, we only offer presentations on Fridays and Wednesday mornings.
How much does it cost to participate?
Nothing! Hosting a presentation is free. We want to make eye health education accessible to everyone.
Why should we host a presentation?
Eye health is important, especially for school-age children. So much of learning is visual, so if a child can’t see properly, their learning can be impacted in negative ways. It’s not always easy for parents to realize that their children are having vision issues, simply because oftentimes children themselves don’t know that they’re having vision issues. Without a reference point for “normal,” kids don’t know that there’s an issue with their vision or with their eye health.
The Eye See You program is designed to help educate parents and kids about eye health. We want all kids to be successful in school and beyond – and good vision can help with that.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to set up a presentation, please contact us.