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Eyeglasses and contact lenses for children

The financial assistance program See Better to Succeed offers a reimbursement of $250 following the purchase of eyeglasses or contact lenses for any child under the age of 18. This amount is fixed: it does not vary with the cost of your purchase. Only purchases made as of September 1, 2019 from a Québec optician or optometrist are eligible. The reimbursement is granted only for the purchase of eyeglasses or contact lenses prescribed by a professional for vision correction.

Eligible persons

All children are eligible for the program if they meet the following conditions:

  • be under the age of 18 on the date of purchase of eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • have a valid Health Insurance Card
  • have received a prescription for corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses during an eye examination conducted by an authorized optometrist or ophthalmologist
    Note : the eye examination is covered by health insurance for children under the age of 18. For more information, consult the page Optometric services.

How to obtain the reimbursement

To receive the $250 reimbursement, you need to complete an application online.

Apply for a reimbursement

Information required

  • Health Insurance Number or Social Insurance Number of the child
  • Health Insurance Number or Social Insurance Number of the applicant
  • Postal code of the applicant
  • Type of purchase (eyeglasses or contact lenses)
  • Cost of purchase
  • Date of purchase
  • Québec Sales Tax (QST) number
  • If this number does not appear on your invoice, you will need to obtain it from the optician or optometrist from whom you made your purchase.

Conditions associated with the reimbursement

Date of purchase: Only purchases made from September 1, 2019 qualify.

Place of purchase: To be eligible, purchases must be made from a Québec optician or optometrist, either online or in-store.

Amount granted: A reimbursement of $250 can be requested for each child under the age of 18. This amount is fixed: it does not vary with the cost of your purchase.

Receipt of cheque: The person who has filed the application for reimbursement online (parent or tutor of the child) will receive a cheque for $250 in the mail, no later than 3 weeks after the application is submitted.

Deadline for submitting an application: You must submit your application within 12 months following the date of purchase.

Supporting documents: We may ask you for supporting documents should a verification be conducted following a reimbursement. Non-compliance may result in recovery of the amount of the reimbursement. It is therefore important for you to keep the following for 5 years:

  • the invoice for the eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • he prescription slip, if the eye examination was conducted outside Québec (RAMQ holds already the information for eye examinations conducted in Québec)

Frequency of applications
You will have to wait 2 years before you can submit a new application for a given child. The two-year period is calculated from the date of purchase that led to a reimbursement. For example, if you obtained a reimbursement for eyeglasses purchased on October 1, 2019, the next eligible purchase may be made as of October 1, 2021.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses that are not covered

  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses purchased outside Québec
  • Used eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses purchased without a prescription
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses without correction, including sunglasses
  • Reading eyeglasses and magnifying eyeglasses for which no prescription is required found, for example, at pharmacies, department stores and corner stores
  • Eyeglasses designed for taking part in sport or recreational activities (e.g. swimming, skiing)
  • Blue light blocking eyeglasses for use with digital devices

Questions and answers

Yes, you can purchase a second pair of corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. Please note, however, that the reimbursement amount is fixed. Therefore, you will receive the $250 program amount regardless of whether your total purchase exceeds that amount.

Yes.

Yes. Any parent purchasing eyeglasses or contact lenses for their child is entitled to the $250 amount reimbursable under the See Better to Succeed program. We suggest that you check with your insurer to find out whether it will reimburse the amount you paid over the $250 program amount, if applicable.

Yes, eye examinations are conducted at the preschool level: the objective of the program École de la vue (French only) is to detect vision difficulties, because 80% of learning depends on vision. However, it is recommended that, before starting school, children undergo a complete eye examination conducted by an optometrist. What is more, to benefit from a reimbursement under the See Better to Succeed program, the child must have undergone such an examination.

Yes, it is covered for all children under the age of 18. For more information, consult the page Optometric services.

  • Optometrists who are members of the Ordre des optométristes du Québec or an equivalent professional order in another province or territory
  • Ophthalmologists who are members of the Collège des médecins or an equivalent professional order in another province or territory
  • Holders of a training card delivered by the Secretary of the Collège des médecins or an equivalent professional order in another province or territory, authorized to write a prescription

Yes. The procedure is the same for everyone. You have to have purchased eyeglasses or contact lenses before submitting an application. You will receive a cheque for $250 in the mail, no later than 3 weeks after having submitted your application.

Please note that the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS) will not reimburse you for any amount that you may have paid above the $250 program amount.

If the eyeglasses or contact lenses need to be repaired or replaced in the 24 months following your application, contact the MTESS to benefit from the special benefit provided in such case.

Yes. However, for the time being, you cannot submit your application for reimbursement online.

You will have to mail your application, along with the purchase invoice for the eyeglasses or contact lenses on which the child’s name appears. If the optometric examination was performed outside Québec, you will also have to attach the prescription.

Make sure to write the following on the invoice:

  • The child’s Health Insurance Number
  • The merchant’s QST number (if it does not appear on the invoice)
  • Your Health Insurance Number
  • Your complete postal address

Mail the documents to the following address :

Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec
Mieux voir pour réussir
C. P. 6600, succ. Terminus
Québec (Québec)  G1K 7T3

For the time being, you cannot submit your application for reimbursement online. You will have to mail your application, along with the purchase invoice for the eyeglasses or contact lenses on which the child’s name appears. If the optometric examination was performed outside Québec, you will also have to attach the prescription.

Make sure to write the following on the invoice:

  • The child’s Health Insurance Number
  • The merchant’s QST number (if it does not appear on the invoice)
  • The name of the person or entity to whom the cheque must be issued
  • The complete postal address of the person or entity to whom the cheque must be sent

Mail the documents to the following address:

Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec
Mieux voir pour réussir
C. P. 6600, succ. Terminus
Québec (Québec)  G1K 7T3