How to Participate How to Participate
FREE pair of eyeglasses
Visit www.optometrists.ab.ca/esel for more information.
*Check with your doctor of optometry prior to your appointment to determine if
there are any additional costs.
Step 1 Find a participating
doctor of optometry, visit
www.optometrists.ab.ca, click on Find
an Optometrist. Book an appointment.
• 80% of learning is visual • 1 in 4 school-aged children has a vision problem
• Children with vision problems are often misdiagnosed as having learning or behavioural disabilities • Children
often don’t know they have a vision problem, as they believe what they are seeing is normal.
Step 2 Take your
child for an eye
exam. Have their
health card ready!
Step 3 If required, your
Did you know? Did you know?
child will receive a free
pair of eyeglasses. Ask to see
the frame selection and order
“Parents may be in a position where
they are travelling somewhere and need
to rent or borrow a car. It’s important
that they build their confidence that
they’re using their car seat or booster
seat correctly, and make every ride a
One of the helpful places parents can
turn to is to the car seat and booster seat
YES tests (see sidebar). The tests guide
parents through important safety points
for car seats.
Car seats come in three stages:
rear-facing, front-facing and booster.
Parents are encouraged to keep their
child in each stage as long as possible.
AHS recommends parents use rear-facing seats for their children until they
are at least two years old or reach the
manufacturer’s recommended weight or
From a rear-facing seat, toddlers
graduate to a forward-facing car seat.
Once they outgrow the manufacturer’s
recommended weight or height limits
for the forward-facing seat, they move
to a booster seat. Booster seats are for
children who weigh more than 18 kg ( 40
pounds) and are less than 145 cm ((four
feet nine inches) tall.
Booster seats are important because
children under 145 cm are too small for
a standard, adult-sized seatbelt. The
booster seat elevates the child so that
the seatbelt fits properly across the chest
Ansah cautions against moving to the
next stage of seat too quickly.
“You want to keep your child in
a rear-facing car seat for as long as
possible, then in a forward-facing
car seat as long as they’re within the
weight or height limits of that seat,” she
says. “Don’t rush to move to the next