The Massachusetts Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides free health education, counselling and other services to families in order to improve their health status and nutritional choices.

Proper Vision

Did you know that damaged vision can lead to learning disabilities and ultimately, a permanent loss of vision? It is now Massachusetts law to have children’s vision checked through vision screening before they start kindergarten. This will detect early signs of vision impairment, allowing it to be corrected as soon as possible so that they can perform well in school.

As a parent, one must also watch out for signs of bad vision because children don’t often know what “good” vision is supposed to be like. Symptoms include eye-crossing, squinting, sensitivity to light, and often holding a book too close.

The child must be taken to see an eye specialist once these early warning signs are detected. Of course, some damages may not have symptoms, and so it would be better to take vision screening as part of your child’s routine exam.

Aside from providing valuable information and encouragement to get families started on a healthy lifestyle, there are also a lot of fun things in store for you when you join the WIC!

Our services, events and privileges include a breastfeeding program for soon-to-be and new mothers, National Mom’s Nite Out, the Text4Baby Campaign, the WIC Gold Cards, WIC food packages, WIC Formula and so much more!

To apply for WIC, call 1-800-WIC-1007 or contact a WIC Program in your community and start living healthy.