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Vision Services for Infants and Children

It is recommended that your baby have their first eye exam between the age of six and nine months. This will help to make sure your baby's eyes are healthy, eye and muscles movements and alignment are developing normally.
 
Without special support from an early age, a child who is blind or has low vision may have trouble learning to talk, explore and make friends when he or she begins school.  A child who is blind or has low vision is at significant risk for difficulties in all areas of development including:
  • Communication and language
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Understanding and thought processes
  • Social skills
  • Emotional development
  • Self help
The health unit's Blind Low Vision Program is designed to give children who are born blind or with low vision the best possible start in life.  The program gives parents the information and support they need to encourage the healthy development of their children. 
 
Parents will learn to help their children develop the skills they need for daily activities at home, day care or care settings, and at school. Support is also available for early childhood educators and service providers working with blind and low vision children.
 
New referrals into the program are accepted through the Preschool Speech and Language central intake number at 1-877-553-7122.