As Your Child Develops, So Does Their Vision
There is so much growth and development that takes place in children in a short amount of time. This is also the case when it comes to children’s vision. In fact, about 80% of learning in children is visual. This means it’s extra important to stay on top of your child’s eye exam schedule to help them thrive academically and socially.
We provide eye exams in a way that makes sense for your child using pictures, patterns and specialized techniques to test their vision, even if they are not speaking yet.
Book today to get your child’s eyes tested.
How Often Is a Children’s Eye Exam Needed?
The frequency of an eye exam depends on the age of the child and risk level. An exam is recommended:
- At least once between 6-9 months.
- At least once between 2-5 years.
- Once a year between 6-19 years old.
Please note that this is a guideline to follow, but your doctor will recommend an eye exam frequency depending on your child’s vision risks.
It is important to note that OHIP covers the cost of a yearly eye exam for children 19 years or younger, so it may be recommended that preschool-aged children attend yearly.
Signs of Myopia to Look Out for in Children
When children are experiencing vision issues, they may not know how to express what they’re experiencing or even know there is an issue to begin with. There are signs that a child might show that can point to an undiagnosed condition, such as amblyopia, strabismus, or myopia.
Signs of myopia in children can include:
- Watery eyes
- Crusty eyelids
- Rubbing eyes frequently
- Frequent eye infections
- Frequent blinking
- Eyes that turn up, out, or in
- Poor posture when reading or writing
- Needing to move closer or farther to objects
- Tilting their head or closing one eye
The Eye See…Eye Learn Program
Upper Richmond Optometry is proud to participate in the Eye See…Eye Learn program. This provincially administered government program is designed to ensure that all junior kindergarten children in Ontario can get a comprehensive eye exam with a local, participating optometrist before they begin grade 1. The cost of the exam is covered by OHIP.
Children that need glasses are provided with a pair in their prescription free of charge. Contact our team today to learn more.
Taking Care of Your Child’s Vision
We take great care in treating children’s vision and are here for your child’s eye care needs. Book an eye exam if your child is due or they are showing concerning signs of vision problems.