Need a prescription? Here's how it works
1. Book an eye exam
To get a free pair of kids’ glasses, your child will need a recent prescription and their health card. You can schedule a kid’s eye exam at your nearest Clearly store.
2. Pick out glasses
Check out our awesome selection of kids’ glasses. There's a frame for every personality! Need advice? Our experts are ready to help.
3. Order in-store
Order in-store with our friendly team and we’ll let you know as soon as they’re ready to be picked up. You’ll need to bring your child’s health card as well.
Our Mission is to eradicate poor vision and bring everyone access to the eyewear they need to see the amazing things in their lives. We want to ensure that kids can learn, grow, and live to their full potential – and that begins with being able to see the world around them clearly and correctly.
Healthy eyes allow us to explore, understand, and find joy in the world around us – which is why it’s so important for kids to have a comprehensive eye exam every year. Identifying potential problems and correcting vision needs early on sets them up for success.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists reports that 80% of classroom learning is visual, and untreated vision problems can cause children to learn at a slower rate, develop a negative self-image, and experience frustration with learning. That’s where we come in.
By advocating for children’s eye exams and providing free essential eyewear, we’re helping kids #SeeAmazing today, so they can see a future that looks pretty amazing, too.
Free Glasses for Kids: FAQs
In order to get a pair of free kids’ glasses:
- Children must be age 10 or under and have a valid Canadian health card
- Visit your local Clearly store – the offer cannot be redeemed online
- Present your child’s recent prescription, written within 1 year
- Present your child’s health card
- You must pick up the glasses from your local store
The program applies to:
- Frames valued up to $50 (any frame type or size, excluding Ray-Ban, Ray-Ban Junior, Oakley, Bolon, Arnette, Coach, Michael Kors, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Versace, Emporio Armani, Ralph by Ralph Lauren, Dior, Vogue, Chloe, and Brooks Brothers).
- Single vision Durable Air Lenses (1.59 clear lenses with anti-reflective coating) valued up to $29.
If the price of the glasses exceeds these allotments, you will be required to pay the additional cost.
Comprehensive eye exams are the only way to assess a child’s entire visual system and identify areas of concern.
According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), nearly 25% of children have vision problems. These range from somewhat common issues such as astigmatism and myopia to serious conditions like amblyopia (loss of vision in one or both eyes) and retinoblastoma (childhood cancer of the eye).
Regular children’s eye exams are crucial in identifying potential vision issues and health concerns at a vital stage in the child’s development. In instances where treatment or correction is needed, it allows parents to address the issue early on, improving their child’s overall health and making sure they’re able to learn and engage with the world to their full potential.
The CAO recommends:
- Babies should have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months of age.
- Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years should have at least one eye exam (though many professionals recommend an annual exam).
- Children between the ages of 6 and 18 years should have an eye exam each year.
At Clearly, all children’s eye exams are fully subsidized by provincial health coverage. Widely speaking, most children’s eye exams are at least partly covered. For details, consult your local provincial health website.
If your child doesn’t have a valid prescription that has been written in the last year, you can book an eye exam for your child with one of Clearly’s partner optometrists.
Yes. However, we’re passionate about eye health education and we want to make sure that parents and kids are keeping on schedule with regular children’s eye exams – which means you’ll still need to complete your assignment!
Please bring in a note from the doctor or proof of the exam that states your child won’t need any vision correction in their glasses.
Please note that the Free Glasses for Kids initiative covers the cost of clear, durable air lenses ($29 value), and so you’ll be required to pay the cost of upgrading to BlueReflect™ blue light lenses or sun lenses.
Clearly stores are fully set up to accommodate parents and children safely. We are operating at reduced capacity – to avoid waiting in line, you can book a store visit online.
We have measures in place to ensure physical distancing, as well as health screenings and sanitization of frames.
Our team members are fully trained to comply with COVID-19 regulations while also making sure children can have a fun and stress-free experience during their exam and when choosing their new glasses.
Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
Yes. Even if you choose to redeem your child’s provincial benefit with us, you can still get the Free Glasses for Kids offer with us in the same year.
To take advantage of the Free Glasses for Kids program, the order must be placed in-store with the help of a Clearly store employee. We always recommend that parents bring their kids to pick up and try on their new glasses in the store, where our team is on hand to make sure they fit just right and adjust them if necessary.
You can shop for glasses from home at Clearly.ca, but the Free Glasses for Kids offer doesn’t apply to online orders. To find a great deal, please check out our exclusive online coupon codes.
At this time, the Free Glasses for Kids offer applies to in-store purchases only.
Get free shipping on orders $50+ and free returns. Our team is available 24/7 via phone, chat, and email to answer any questions and help you find the best price.
The Clearly Chinook Centre store in Calgary, Alberta will open December 2020. We plan to open additional retail stores across Canada throughout 2021.
Our intent is to expand the Free Glasses for Kids program Canada-wide through a variety of partners. Please subscribe to our email list to receive exclusive updates and promotions.
The glasses will be shipped directly to the store. When you come to pick them up, your child can try them on and (if necessary) we can adjust them to ensure they're a great fit.
We’ll notify you by email or phone when they’re ready for pickup.
Due to the nature of the program, exchanges must be actioned in-store. Please visit your local Clearly store, where our team will be happy to help resolve any issues. You can book a store visit in advance.
Please get in touch with our customer service representatives. They’ll be able to troubleshoot and advise you on the next steps to make sure you get the right pair of glasses for your child.
We don’t have any specific or additional discounts for the families of the children who use the program, however any Clearly store employee or customer service representative will be happy to help find you the best deal out of our current promotions.