Feedback from MEC Participants

After I had my eyes examined at the Mobile Eye Clinic, I found out I needed glasses. Now that I have them, I can see the writing on the blackboard clearer, and it makes school a lot easier.”

Jack, grade 5 student


“I’m happy I had my eyes checked because I want my eyes to stay healthy.”

Sophie, grade 6 student


The mobile clinic “made it a lot easier because we didn’t have to schedule an appointment or anything. You guys just came to the school and did it. I really enjoyed that.”

Mother of a 4-year-old girl in junior kindergarten


“I think it’s really neat and really helpful. Thanks so much for your service. I really appreciate it!”

Mother of a 5-year-old boy in senior kindergarten.  


A lot of time parents don’t have time to go in the day time because they are at work…Parents should have their children participate in the program because it is free. It is for their children’s benefit and that is the most important.”

Father of a 4-year-old boy in junior kindergarten. 


The mobile clinic “is important because it helps you understand more about vision. If there is a problem with the eyes, it could lead to things like learning disabilities. It is at no cost, too, so you have nothing to lose. A lot of people don’t know that.”

Mother of a 6-year-old girl in first grade


“Sometimes, as parents, we can’t find the time to go to the clinic once a year. It’s much better to have the program at school because they already go to school every day.”

Mother of an 8-year-old girl in third grade who required a prescription for glasses.


“It is good to have the exam in the school….When she reads on her Kindle she puts it close to her eyes and when she watches a video on the telephone she puts it close to her eyes. I told her she has to put it 20 cm away from her eyes. So I’m not surprised that she needs glasses.”  

Mother of a 10-year-old girl in fifth grade who required a prescription for glasses. 


“Our oldest never had that her school, and the first time we took her (to an optometrist) she was afraid. Our younger one had fun at the exam. She has cousins and she was pretending to play eye doctor with them, saying ‘Okay, you cover your eye and try to see the letters.’” 

Mother of 4-year-old girl in junior kindergarten


“I was really busy and I knew he needed he glasses. I wear glasses myself as a part-time for reading and driving, and his father wears them full-time. It was only a matter of time really. I caught him squinting, so it timed out well for me. It’s really nothing, it’s all done in the school, and why not do it? The five minutes it takes is worth it even if everything checks out normal.”

Mother of a 7-year-old boy in second grade


“This is a good program, absolutely. Especially for us because we can’t afford to go to the optometrist annually. I was concerned about my son’s eyes because even though I am 35 and I never used glasses and my husband never used glasses, our eyes are in good condition, my son seemed to be having problems. He felt headaches, he was always scratching his eyes in at the computer. I said, why not do it? It is absolutely free. It’s a really good idea.”  

Mother of 11-year-old boy in sixth grade


“The CCB has done excellent work in administering the program. From scheduling onsite appointments with the optometrist to following up with corrective measures when needed is what makes the program so successful. This service has proved to be indispensable to our seniors and assures them the quality of life that they deserve.”

Jennifer Drapeau, Revera Retirement Living


“In fact, undiagnosed or uncorrected vision problems are among the most common causes of learning difficulties in school age children. I am glad we were able to facilitate your successful pilot project in the Cornwall area this past spring. I am also grateful that your team was able to provide screening and corrective eye wear to the First Nation refugees from northern Ontario that we hosted in June.”

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, MD CM, MPH, FRCP(C)                                                                                                          Medical Officer of Health and CEO, Eastern Ontario Health Unit


“The partnership between the CCB and the OCDSB has, in our view, been very effective to date in providing comprehensive eye exams with an optometrist on-site at schools. Many families from the targeted schools would otherwise face significant economic and logistical challenges in assessing these services.”

Fraser Blackwell, MSW, RSW, Supervisor, OCDSB Social Work                                                                                     OCDSB External Partnership Committee


“Eye care and examination is an important component of the overall healthcare continuum. Eye care is of significant importance for the well-being of older Ontarians.”

Bernard Blais, President and CEO                                                                                                                                              Bruyère Continuing Care

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