It is essential for your child to have annual eye exams so that any vision problems can be detected and treated as soon as possible.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that infants have their first eye exam at six months old. At this age we can usually diagnose visual conditions such as “crossed eyes” and “lazy eyes,” both of which need treatment. After their first eye exam, kids should have their eyes checked every year. Vision can have a significant impact on your child’s learning, bringing them in annually will help ensure they have everything they need to succeed at school. Your child might not notice they have a vision problem, they may simply assume everyone sees the way they do.
The following symptoms may indicate your child has a visual problem:
Common conditions that may emerge during this stage in your child’s life include hyperopia or farsightedness (blurred vision when seeing objects up close), myopia or nearsightedness (blurred vision when seeing objects at a distance), and astigmatism (distorted vision at all distances). In addition, your child will be examined for other vision problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turn), childhood cataracts and other ocular diseases. The above conditions often require treatment with spectacle correction and/or contact lens correction. If you notice any of these symptoms, book an appointment for your child today!
Annual eye examinations for children 19 years of age and younger are covered by OHIP. Call our office today to find out if your child is eligible for an eye exam.