Who We Are

EYE MAC is a multidisciplinary not for profit community project, bringing together Hamilton’s eye care professionals, school boards and McMaster University to deliver high-quality free vision screening to school children. We have developed an evidence-based method of training volunteer vision screeners to a high standard. The volunteers perform vision screening in schools, where children with reduced vision are identified and referred to local optometrists for further care and treatment.

Below you can find our annual reports as well as a list of local optometrists who support our program.

    3,510Children Identified With Reduced Vision:

    10,711Total # of Children Screened:



Poor Vision

Mental health issues

The risk of complete blindness

Educational achievements 

Socioeconomic Status

Future opportunities

The Problem

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Few children get an eye exam

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Lack of public awareness

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Vision loss can be permanent

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Lack of access to eye doctors

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Screening process open to abuse

The Solution

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Perform screening in school

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Raise awareness

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Connect children to doctors

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Eye van for rural screening

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Evidence-based not for profit