a-b-See™ is a children’s vision program for preschoolers. The purpose of the program is to increase awareness and to educate parents about the importance of getting their child’s eyes examined.
Since 80 per cent of a child’s learning is based on vision, excellent sight and eye health are critical to a child’s development.
But, surprisingly, one in five children has a vision disorder. Not knowing any differently, many of these children accept poor vision and other eye problems as normal. If left unchecked, serious long-term effects can result.
BC Doctors of Optometry, with the support of Essilor Canada through the Essilor Vision Foundation, created the a-b-See™ campaign to help identify these children early and raise awareness among parents, teachers and children themselves.
As part of a-b-See™, the Association distributes complimentary a-b-See™ Kits to preschools and child-care centres. The kits contain important information on common eye diseases and disorders, and warning signs for both teachers and parents. The kit includes activity sheets and materials for kids.
Preschool and child-care centres can request a complimentary kit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Games for kids
If you have a child between the ages of three and six, try playing the games for kids with them. These fun, interactive online games will:
- teach your child about the importance of eye health;
- engage them in creative play;
- test their hand-eye co-ordination and observational skills;
- help you identify potential vision problems.
However, these games are no substitute for the advice of your Doctor of Optometry.
a-b-See™ games for kids are fun, interactive online activities that children ages three to six can play with their parents. As well as being colourful and entertaining, they are a great way to promote visual awareness in your child.
“Eye Spy” is a matching game that tests your child’s visual perception.
“Do you see what I see” shows them how we all see the world through different eyes.
“Googley Eyes” is a colouring and drawing activity where children can build a cartoon picture of themselves. Learn more about the importance of vision and put your hand-eye co-ordination and creativity to the test with these games and more!
For tips on how to detect symptoms of visual disorders and diseases in your child, download Your Child’s Eye Health.
Not all children’s eye conditions have obvious symptoms. The best way to protect your child’s eye health is to Find a Doctor of Optometry in your area and book an eye exam.
Resources for Teachers
As a teacher, you can play a big part in detecting visual conditions in the children in your care—conditions that can hinder learning, play and how they look at the world. Child care, preschool and kindergarten teachers can be the first to detect early symptoms of some eye problems among children.
In your own classroom, you may have children who show the warning signs for visual conditions, including:
- Holding objects too close
- Avoiding puzzles, picture books or other near-distance work
- Covering one eye when looking at something up close
- Complaining of headaches, blurred or double vision, or burning, itching eyes
- Poor eye-hand co-ordination
Download the a-b-See™ teacher resources for information about the importance of children’s eye health to their social, physical and intellectual growth.
Teacher orientation letter
This introductory letter provides information on the a-b-See™ program and the role you can play in helping to promote children’s eye health.
An essential eye-care guide for teachers
This online booklet provides critical information on eye exams, vision therapy, eye diseases and disorders, warning signs and first aid. It also contains information on a-b-See™ activities for children, and a list of selected story books focused on eye issues.
Learn more about Eye Health and Exam Frequency for Preschoolers