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Eye Exams Help Set Your Child up For Success

When your child is born, they have minimal capabilities in terms of their vision. In a lot of cases, infants can only see clearly up to a few feet away, and they can’t yet perceive colours. As children’s eyes continue to develop, issues may arise. Since children can’t always effectively communicate that something is wrong, you may not realize your child is experiencing vision problems.

 

When you take your child in for an eye exam, your optometrist can help spot early warning signs of vision problems and take pre-emptive steps to safeguard your child’s vision. The only thing you have to do is bring your child in for annual eye exams.

Children’s Eye Exams Schedule

At around 6 to 9 months after they are born, the Canadian Optometrists Association (COA) recommends bringing your child in for their first eye appointment. While your child might not have fully developed visual faculties at this age, early warning signs of eye conditions like strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) can start to exhibit symptoms.

Early detection is key to treating vision problems or managing symptoms, which is why this initial exam is so important.

The COA suggests that children undergo their second eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. At this age, your child is starting to develop essential skills related to their vision, including depth perception and hand-eye coordination.

By making sure these skills are developing correctly, you can help your child maintain their quality of life and help keep their vision clear and healthy as they grow into adolescence.

After this second exam, the COA recommends school-aged children have their eyes examined annually.

Spot the Early Warning Signs

Eyecare is especially important at a young age. As a parent, you can help your child and their eyesight by keeping an eye out for signs that a problem may be forming.

Your child may be experiencing a vision problem if they:

  • Have red, itchy, or irritated eyes.
  • Tilt or otherwise reposition their head when they are watching television or reading.
  • Cover one eye to see objects at different distances.
  • Complain of frequent headaches.
  • Have trouble reading.

If your child is exhibiting these symptoms, you should schedule an eye exam for them as soon as possible. Conditions such as myopia or astigmatism can develop over time and eventually harm your child’s vision permanently.

What Should Your Child Expect During Their Eye Exam?

Much like our adult and senior eye exams, we work hard to ensure our exams are both comprehensive and enjoyable. All you need to do is bring your child in for their exam so we can begin to work with you to safeguard your child’s vision and eye health.

We’ll start the exam by discussing your child’s overall health, as well as any vision or eye problems they have. We will run through a series of questions that look at your child’s health history as well as your family history to try and pinpoint any hereditary issues that might affect your child’s eyes. It’s also great to tell your optometrist about any concerns you or your child might have, as well as ask any questions you may have. The more information you can provide, the better we can orientate the exam to best suit your child’s needs.

After this quick chat, it’s off to the rest of the exam. We will test your child’s visual strength and coordination, as well as their eye health, to determine if any issues may be developing.

After this comprehensive check, your optometrist will then provide you with all of their findings from the exam. Depending on what issues they find, your optometrist can recommend a variety of management or treatment plans that best suit your child, including glasses, contact lenses , or medications.

If your child requires glasses or contact lenses, we’ll send you over to our optical team. Our fantastic team of opticians are well-equipped to help find the perfect pair of spectacles that give your child crisp, clear vision, stand up to the rigours of childhood, and look and feel great.

Glasses are an excellent opportunity to teach children about the importance of proper eye care. We never miss a chance to provide a child with great information that could benefit their vision for years to come.

If contact lenses are a better fit for your child, we can teach your child how to correctly clean and care for their contact lenses as well as proper insertion and removal techniques.

OHIP & Your Child

Vision plays a vital role in your child’s development, which is why OHIP covers the cost of one eye exam every 12 months, including any minor assessments your child might need as recommended by their optometrist.

There’s never been a better time to book your child for their next eye exam. Help set your child up for success. Book their next eye exam today!

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Our office is conveniently located just off College Ave West, right next door to the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and right across the street from OVC Small Animal Clinic. We offer plenty of parking right in front of our clinic. To enter, take the turnoff on to Borden St and come in from behind our building. You can then easily circle in front of the clinic to park!

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