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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.