The project À L'École de la Vue is a government prevention program for eye health that aims to detect vision problems early, to ensure that children have the best chance for success when they start school.
On February 8, 2019, the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, announced a significant investment for the À L'École de la Vue project.
This initiative of the Government of Québec and the Eye Disease Foundation saw its first phase last spring, from May 3 to June 14, 2019. During this period, more than 5293 families were informed about the importance of a comprehensive eye examination before starting school, 78 schools received our visit and 4135 children were screened. With an 84% response rate and a 91% participation rate, this project has been well-received by parents.
In addition to funding research on eye diseases for over 40 years, for the last 13 years, the Eye Disease Foundation has carried out vision screening in Quebec elementary schools located in disadvantaged areas.
Over this time, the Eye Disease Foundation has met with over 30,000 children between the ages of 5 and 12, distributed 7,000 free pairs of glasses to these children, and developed a unique expertise in organizing vision screening in schools.
It was this recognized expertise that led Minister of Education and Higher Education Jean-François Roberge, on February 8, 2019, to entrust our Foundation with this mandate, so critical to young children’s education success.