Routine eye exams in children are very important because many eye conditions have a better prognosis if diagnosed and treated early in a child’s life during critical development stages. Our doctor recommends the children's first eye exam should be as early as 6 months old. This allows to ensure your child's vision development milestone are appropriate for their age.
During the early years of your child’s vision development, they learn to focus on objects at near and at far, to coordinate both eyes to work together, and to coordinate the eyes to work with other parts of the body.
Poor eyesight and focusing abilities can hinder a child’s progress at school because 80% learning is done through vision. It is important for parents to know there are often no signs that their child has vision problems. For example, if a child has one eye that sees well and a fellow eye that is weak, they become dependent on the better eye and their weaker eye unknowingly becomes worse over time. If this is left untreated, the weaker eye could end up with lazy eye.
Research data shows that 1 in 5 kids will have an ocular problem that their parents will be unaware of.
Our doctors can use different techniques to assess vision, even if the patient can’t speak or recognize letters. Some tools include videos to keep their focus while we use lights and lenses to measure their prescription to 3D books to check how well their eyes work as a team.
A child’s eye exam includes tests that assess depth perception, colour vision, focusing
abilities, eye muscle balance, and eye health.
At Eastgate Optometric Clinic, a child’s annual eye exam is covered through their OHIP card as long as they are under 20 years of age.