Children’s Eye Exams in Central Alberta

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Strong Vision Begins in Childhood

At the Eye Care Centre, we’re devoted to helping children see clearly! Your child’s development is dependent on their vision, so regular eye exams are as important for your child’s health as regular health exams.

As children’s bodies change and grow, so do their eyes. Sometimes, vision problems can develop quickly that weren’t present when they were younger.

Nearly 25% of children experience vision problems, but these can usually be easily diagnosed during a routine eye exam. At Eye Care Centre, we encourage parents to schedule regular eye exams for their children and the entire family. Early detection and treatment of vision concerns and eye health issues promote health and happiness in children.

A child’s vision impacts every part of their development. The ability to see clearly and with appropriate depth perception affects movement and coordination. Being able to focus clearly on objects and letters impacts the development of language and skills.

Eyesight can also affect a child’s ability to learn by impacting their reading, writing, attention span, and ability to concentrate in the classroom and at home. If visual skills and development are delayed, your child can become frustrated, develop behaviour problems, and may experience life-long disadvantages.

Our Exams Are Specially-Tailored
for Our Littlest Patients

We do more than just use the latest diagnostic technology in our clinic. We also take time to explain each test to your child and allow them to become comfortable with the instruments we use. Children love learning how the eye works and seeing how different lenses affect their vision.

How Often Do Children
Need Eye Exams?

Children’s eyes grow and change quickly. The CAO recommends that children undergo eye exams based on several major visual milestones:

  • Infants and Toddlers (birth to 24 months): Infants and toddlers should first be examined between 6 and 9 months.
  • Preschool Children (2 to 5 years): Preschool children should receive at least one examination between 2 and 5.
  • School-Age Children (6 to 19 years): Children between 6 and 19 should receive an eye examination every year.

However, since everyone is different our optometrists will provide a personalized schedule during your child’s next appointment.

In Alberta, at least 25% of first-grade students have a vision or eye health problem. However, Alberta Health Care covers basic eye exams for children under 18 years old.

The Eye See…Eye Learn program developed by the Alberta Association of Optometrists goes a step further by providing free eyeglasses to all kindergarten students who need them.

Special Protection for
Children’s Eyewear

We have one of the largest selection of children’s frames in Alberta and are happy to help your child find the glasses that suit them best.

We know that kids can be rough on eyewear, so we’re pleased to offer a wide selection of durable choices in many colours and styles. All our frames come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Experience Zeiss Lenses

Zeiss is a world leader in precision optics, creating lenses that are exceptionally well-designed with your real life in mind. 

From SmartLife lenses constructed for the way you use devices, to PhotoFusion lenses for seamless transitions between indoors and outdoors, and groundbreaking myopia control technology for children, Zeiss creates the lenses your family’s eyes deserve.

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Our Locations

Red Deer Eye Care Centre

  • 4402 49th Avenue
  • Red Deer, AB T4N 3W6

Rimbey Eye Care Centre

  • 5010 50th Avenue
  • Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0

Rocky Eye Care Centre

  • 5040 B – 50th Street
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1A5

Our Services

Dry Eye Therapy

Leading dry eye solutions tailored to your needs.

Children’s Eye Exams

Start your child’s eye care journey with the help of our team.

Adult & Senior Eye Exams

Protect and preserve your vision throughout your life.

Contact Lens Exams, Fittings, & Brands

Give your eyes the gift of clearer vision.

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