Focusing On Healthy Long-Term Vision
When your children are struggling with their vision, it can affect different facets of their lives, including their schoolwork.
While most kids get vision screenings at school, these screenings may not provide the necessary insight into their vision needs and eye health. Regular eye exams allow our team to stay up-to-date on your child’s visual development to detect unnoticed vision problems.
We strive to help your kids enjoy healthy, clear, long-term vision—book online to schedule their next eye exam with us today.
An Eye Exam Schedule for Your Kids
According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the following eye exam schedule is recommended for your children:
- Their first eye examination between 6–9 months old
- Their second evaluation between the 2–5 years old
- Exams every year for children aged 6–19 years old
Depending on your child’s unique visual needs, we may recommend a different exam schedule.
Signs of Vision Problems in Your Children
Children may not always be able to communicate when something is wrong with their vision. Your child may be experiencing problems with their vision if they:
- Squint a lot
- Rub their eyes frequently
- Sit very close to the television
- Avoid close-up activities such as reading
- Often lose their place while reading
- Need to use their finger as a guide while reading
- Hold reading material too close to their face
- Complain of frequent headaches
- Complain about double vision
- Cover one eye when looking at things
- Frequently tilt their head to one side
- Have a misaligned eye
If you notice any possible signs of vision problems in your child, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today. Your vigilance today can make a world of difference for your child’s vision tomorrow.
What to Expect During an Eye Exam
During your child’s eye exam, we’ll assess:
- Visual Acuity: the ability to see clearly at different distances
- Eye Focusing: the ability to maintain clear vision during quick changes in focus & distance
- Eye Tracking: the ability to keep eyes on target when looking from one thing to another
- Eye Teaming: the ability to use both eyes together (i.e. judging depth)
- Hand-Eye Coordination: the ability to process visual information & direct hands accordingly
- Visual Perception: the ability to organize images into letters, words, & ideas
Schedule Your Child’s Next Eye Exam
Our team at Central Optometry takes pride in being a part of your child’s visual journey. It all starts with consistent, comprehensive eye exams. Book online to schedule an appointment and get your kids started on a lifetime of eye health.