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We Love Teaching Kids About Vision!

We Love Helping Kids See Clearly!

Regular eye exams are just as important for children as regular health exams. As children’s bodies change and grow, their eyes change as well, sometimes developing vision problems that were not present when they were younger.

Children adapt their behavior to their environment easily, and often give no indication that they are experiencing vision problems. Many children don’t even realize that they are having difficulty seeing, and many parents are unaware that their child’s vision has become blurry or obscured.

According to a study recently published by the CAO (Canadian Association of Optometrists), nearly 25% of school children experience issues with their eyesight at some point. Children of all ages should receive regular professional eye exams.

Learning and Vision Go Together

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

A child’s eyesight affects their ability to learn because it can impact their reading, writing and ability to pay attention and stay on task in the classroom and at home. If skills and development are delayed, confidence is often diminished as well.

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 are essential to a happy, healthy child.

We Cater to Kids

We use the latest diagnostic technology in our clinic. We’ll explain each test to your child and allow them to become comfortable with the instruments. Children love learning how the eye works and seeing how different lenses affect their vision.

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

Our Warranty for Kids

We know that kids can be rough on eyewear. That’s why we’re pleased to offer a wide selection of durable choices in all colors and styles. Our frames come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Important Information About Children’s Eye Exams:

How often should I take my child for an eye exam?

Children’s eyes grow and change quickly, and only an examining Optometrist can determine just how often your child should be seen, but these estimates published by the CAO for children with low risk provide a helpful guideline.

  • Infants and Toddlers (birth to 24 months): Infants and toddlers should first be examined between the ages of 6 and 9 months.
  • Preschool Children (2 to 5 years): Preschool children should receive at least one examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years.
  • School Age Children (6 to 19 years): Children between 6 and 19 years of age should receive an eye examination each year.
Are children covered by Alberta Health Care?

Children use their eyes when acquiring the basic skills used for learning, so early eye exams are important not just for vision but also for cognitive development. A routine exam tests:

  • Side Vision
  • Close up vision
  • Distance vision
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Focusing on objects

In Alberta, at least 25% of first grade students have a vision or eye health problem. However, Alberta Health Care covers basic eye exams performed in Alberta for children under the ages of 18 years old. The Eye See…Eye Learn program developed by The Alberta Association of Optometrist goes a step further by providing exams as well as free eyeglasses to all kindergarten students in need.


To learn more, visit Eye See, I Learn

Our Location

Optometrists

Dr. Tom Lampard

Dr. Roger Rudyk

Dr. Jep Lund

Dr. Kevin Hesterman

Dr. Scott Stevenson

Dr. Daryl Berger

Dr. Pamela Syrota

Red Deer Eye Care Centre

4402 49th Avenue
Red Deer, AB, T4N 3W6
T - 1 (403) 342-0333
Toll Free - (888) 440-2020
F- (403) 343-9440
E - info@reddeereyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

Rimbey Eye Care Centre

5010 50th Avenue
Rimbey, AB, T0C 2J0
T - 1 (403) 843-6000
F- (403) 843-6033
E - info@rimbeyeyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Rocky Eye Care Centre

5040 B - 50th Street
Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1A5
T - 1 (403) 845 2780
F- (403) 845-3282
E - info@rockyeyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Our Comprehensive Children’s Exams

Our eye exams for children consist of two parts. The preliminary testing is conducted by an Optometric assistant, and the exam itself is conducted by the Optometrist.

Pre-Exam
  • The technician will conduct a digital retinal scan to examine the back of the eye. This test will help the Optometrist to assess the health of your retinal tissue and optic nerve and check for signs of diabetes and other diseases.
  • Your peripheral vision will be checked with a Visual Fields test to rule out macular degeneration.
  • The curvature of your eye will be measured by an auto refraction test. The Optometrist will use this information to create an estimated prescription reading.
  • The pressure of your eye will be assessed by a Non-Contact Tonometer (NCT), which also looks for indicators of glaucoma.
Eye Exam
  • An experienced Optometrist will conduct an overall examination of your eye health, looking at both the front and back of the eye.
  • Your prescription will be verified with a vision test that incorporates both visual clarity and vision performance.
  • The Optometrist will review your digital retinal scan and discuss potential problems and concerns.
    If this is not your first visit, the Optometrist will compare the data with information from previous years to identify changes in your vision and eye health.
  • The Optometrist will give a thorough explanation of his or her recommendations.
How Long Does the Exam Take?

The complete exam, including preliminary testing and the eye exam, takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. You may discuss any questions or concerns with your Optometrist at this time. Afterward you will have the opportunity to select contacts and/or glasses with the assistance of our staff.

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