Children rely on vision for 80% of the learning they do, making it an integral part of any child’s development. As such, it is important to detect vision problems early. Poor vision and other eye problems can affect both your child’s safety and their performance in school.
Your child’s prescription can change quickly as they grow up, thats why at Vaughan Family Vision Care we offers a complimentary 2nd set of prescription lenses within 16 months of the first purchase of a complete set of glasses.
The province of Ontario covers the cost of annual eye exams for children that are 19 years old or younger. For more information about what eye health services are covered by the Government of Ontario please visit their website.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that children undergo their first eye exam at six months old. By that stage of development, we are usually able to diagnose conditions such as “crossed eyes” and “lazy eyes”, both of which require early treatment for optimal visual success.
We also make sure that there is no significant prescription and confirm that both eyes are healthy.
Children should undergo their second eye exam between the ages of one and two years old and should see their optometrist annually from then onwards. This early period in your child’s development is critical because it is when they begin to develop hand-eye coordination and depth perception.
Children who have not yet learned the alphabet or numbers can still undergo eye exams. In this case we use child-friendly ways to assess vision, including substituting pictures and shapes for numbers and letters.
To help build your child’s visual development at home try:
An annual eye exam should become part of your back-to-school routine starting in kindergarten. While your child may not notice any issues, vision problems can have a serious impact on their learning. By ensuring your child undergoes an annual eye exam before the school year begins, you are setting them up for a year of success.
Myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism tend to develop during childhood. All of these conditions require treatment, usually with glasses or contact lenses.
Vision problems can be difficult to detect, especially since children may not even realize that their vision is compromised. Your child may be experiencing vision problems if they exhibit these symptoms:
Early detection of vision problems is key to your child’s overall health, development and happiness. Request an appointment today.
Located on Weston Road, Vaughan Family Vision Care proudly serves patients from all over Ontario. We would be pleased to meet you and your family.
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