Have your kids had their annual eye exam?

The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping, and the kids are back in school.

It's estimated that 80% of learning occurs by seeing, and that 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child's vision problem can be crucial to minimize long term vision deficiencies, and to optimize their school and learning experience. Some of the more common problems are farsightedness, amblyopia ("lazy eye"), nearsightedness and astigmatism.

Since kids usually aren't aware of whether they are seeing properly or not, many won't know to complain or comment on their vision difficulties, assuming it's simply "normal". It's not uncommon that I hear parents say, "I had no idea..!", when it's determined that their child is not seeing well, and has an undiagnosed vision problem.

Since children grow quickly, their eyes and vision can change from year to year as well, most dramatically during adolescence and their teens.

It's generally recommended that kids have an eye exam annually beginning no later than age 3 or 4. Eye exams for kids are fun, and involve very simple game-like tests for younger kids that don't require them to necessarily know their letters. In fact most eye exam tests for children can be done objectively, with the optometrist being able to determine results without any decisions or responses from the child at all!

Eye examinations for children are fully covered by OHIP annually until age 19.

Call 705-324-9003 or contact us online to book your child's exam.

Posted on October 15, 2014 .