Getting Ready for Kinderstart in 2016? January 26, 2016 Vision disorders are a common pediatric health problem in Canada. It is estimated that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems. Despite the economic, social and health care advances that have occurred in our society, many preschool and school-age children are not receiving adequate professional eye and vision care. Vision screening programs and preschool physical examinations are not a substitute for a professional eye examination. Countless children are at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision disorders. The only way to prevent years of needless suffering and failure for these children is by early diagnosis through a comprehensive vision examination. Reliance on limited, non-diagnostic, non-validated screenings does not effectively meet the vision needs of our children. Any undetected vision problem may result in the reduction of the efficiency of the visual system. This may further result in the inability of children to achieve their full potential. Therefore, all children should receive a comprehensive eye and vision examination assessing and treating any deficiencies in ocular health, visual acuity, refractive status, oculomotility, and binocular vision prior to entering school. Please make an appointment with an Optometrist near you.