Good vision and eye health play a vital role in your child’s development. Children rely on their vision to learn, so an undiagnosed eye problem could impact their development and prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Annual eye exams allow your child’s optometrist to detect and track small changes in your child’s vision and ocular health. This helps ensure that your child’s eyes stay happy and healthy. To help ensure your child gets the care they need, when they need it, we work hard to keep wait times for eye exams as short as possible.
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Vision Problems in Children
Young children aren’t always able to effectively communicate that something is wrong, and may not even realize that their vision is affected. It’s up to parents and caregivers to monitor their children and look for signs of vision or eye health problems.
If your child does develop vision problems, it’s imperative that they’re identified and treated as soon as possible. Untreated vision problems can impact your child’s development and hinder their ability to learn.
Common Signs of Vision Problems in Children
Your child may be experiencing vision problems if they:
- Have a misaligned eye
- Sit too close to the TV or whiteboard
- Squint frequently
- Blink excessively or rub their eyes often
- Avoid near activities such as reading or other detailed tasks
- Avoid doing detailed tasks or have difficulty staying on task
- Frequently lose their place while reading, or need to use their finger to guide them
- Complain of frequent headaches, double vision, or blurry vision
- Regularly cover one eye
- Often tilt their head to one side
If you suspect that your child may be having problems with their vision, you should schedule an eye exam for them as soon as possible.
Children’s Eye Exam Schedule
According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists examination guidelines, children should have their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months old, and their second eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.
Once children begin school, they should visit their optometrist annually.
Depending on your child’s unique vision and eye health needs, their optometrist may suggest that they have their eyes examined more frequently.
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