Eye See … Eye Learn®

Is your child enrolled in kindergarten?

Your child may be eligible to participate in the Eye See … Eye Learn® program and receive:

  • A comprehensive eye exam fully covered by MSP, with no additional cost to the family
  • If needed, one free pair of eyeglasses

Click here to download the 2018-2019 ESEL Brochure

Scroll down to learn how to participate in Eye See … Eye Learn®!


Kindergarten Colouring Contest

Can you help Fribbit See? Fribbit needs eyeglasses to study well and play well. Enter our colouring contest for your chance to win a prize! The contest is available to kindergarten students who are part of the following school districts: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Greater Victoria, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, and Saanich.

How to Participate

How to Participate in Eye See … Eye Learn®

It’s simple! Follow these three steps:

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Find a doctor
  3. Bring appropriate documentation


Step 1: Check your Eligibility

To be eligible for ESEL, your child must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in kindergarten during the appropriate school year
  • Enrolled in a school district that is participating in ESEL (see below)

Participating School Districts
Abbotsford (SD 34)
Burnaby (SD 41)
Campbell River (SD 72)
Central Okanagan (SD 23)
Comox Valley (SD 71)
Chilliwack (SD 33)
Coquitlam (SD 43)
Cowichan Valley (SD 79)
Delta (SD 37)
Greater Victoria (SD 61)
Langley (SD 35)
Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows (SD 42)
Mission (SD 75)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith (SD 68)
New Westminster (SD 40)
Prince George (SD 57)
Revelstoke (SD 19)
Saanich (SD 63)
Surrey (SD 36)
Vancouver (SD 39)

*FISA schools located in the above school districts are also eligible.

Step 2: Book an Appointment

All appointments must be booked with an ESEL participating clinic.

Please use our Find-a-Doctor tool located on our sidebar at the top of the page to find a doctor of optometry. You can search by city or postal code.

Important: don’t forget to select ‘Eye See Eye Learn’ under ‘By Program’!

While booking your appointment, mention that you are booking for an “Eye See Eye Learn” appointment.

Step 3: Fill in the ESEL Brochure or Bring Appropriate Documentation

On the day of your appointment, fill in the ‘Parent/Guardian Authorization’ form from the ESEL Brochure and bring it to your appointment.

Download the 2018-2019 ESEL Brochure

Or bring proof that your child is enrolled in kindergarten during the appropriate school year by providing a relevant school document which indicates: 1) your child is enrolled in kindergarten during the appropriate school year 2) your child is enrolled in a participating school district.


What is Eye See … Eye Learn® (ESEL)?

Eye See … Eye Learn® is a children’s vision program providing kindergarten students with comprehensive eye exams and, if prescribed, one free pair of eyeglasses. Eye exams are provided by Doctors of Optometry in participating school districts, and eyeglasses are provided courtesy of our corporate partners: Essilor, OGI Eyewear, and 20/20 Accessory Source Ltd.

Good eye health and vision are essential for academic and developmental success during children’s early learning years. However, statistics show that 1 in 4 school-age children has an underlying vision problem that can affect performance.

The purpose of Eye See … Eye Learn® is to detect, diagnose and treat Kindergarten children with vision problems so that every child can see and learn to the best of their ability.


For more information about ESEL, email us at esel@optometrists.bc.ca or call 604-737-9907 or 1-888-393-2226 (outside of BC).

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