Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Site: Thunder Bay - Main Office

Service: Children's Visual Health Program

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Description & Services
Description (Service) Free children's vision screening program for senior kindergarten (SK) students 
  • Vision screening looks for signs of potential vision problems in children 
  • School-based vision screening allows for all children to be checked for signs of eye problems so they can be treated in a timely manner (children who already wear glasses will be screened with their glasses on) 
  • Three short, non-invasive tests will test for vision problems commonly found in children: 
    • Autorefractor: the student's eyes will be scanned with a camera to measure the size and shape of the eyes 
    • HOTV Visual Acuity Chart: the student will be asked to identify letters on a chart to measure clarity or sharpness of vision 
    • Randot 3D Vision Test: the student will be asked to identify or point to shapes while wearing 3D glasses to measure depth perception
Note: Vision screening cannot detect all vision problems, and does not replace a child's regular visits to an optometrist
Hours Hours not specified
Areas Served Thunder Bay ; Thunder Bay District
Eligibility Children in Senior Kindergarten (SK) in all Thunder Bay District Schools starting in the 2019-2020 school year
  • Detailed information will be sent home with the child before the screening takes place 
  • All SK students will be screened unless the Health Unit receives notification from a guardian that they do not want their child to participate 
  • Children who miss the screening at school can be screened at the Health Unit's Main office; contact the Children's Visual Health Program to schedule a screening
Languages English
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-625-5984
Toll Free Phone 1-888-294-6630
Primary Contact Michelle McCall, Children's Visual Health Program Facilitator; Phone: 807-625-5927; Email:
Located In Community Thunder Bay
Address 999 Balmoral St
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6E7
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Intersection Balmoral St and William St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care -- North West Local Health Integrated Network (NWLHIN)