The New Brunswick government says it will provide free eye exams and corrective glasses for all four-year-olds who are not covered by a public or private health insurance program.
Premier Brian Gallant says the government will also pay the deductible for those with existing health insurance, starting April 1, 2018.
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Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman says they want to ensure children are given every opportunity to excel as early as possible.
The New Brunswick Association of Optometrists recommends that a child have at least one eye examination before starting school so that any visual issues, developmental or otherwise, can be detected and treated.