The Aboriginal preschool vision screening initiative is a subset of a larger integrated
cross-ministry strategy to provide universal hearing, dental, and vision screening to
every child in the province under the age of six. The preschool vision screening program seeks to optimize critical periods of early childhood development through universal vision screening for amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eye), and refractive error, increased
coverage for prescription eyeglasses for children from low-income and income-assisted
families, and public health checks at regional health authority child care centres for
children aged 6, 12, and 18 months.