Clear vision plays a vital role in your child’s development, so it is essential for you to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy.

To help safeguard your child’s sight, parents and caregivers should ensure that children have their eyes examined at least once per year. At Central Optometry, we pride ourselves on keeping our wait times for eye exams short, making it easy for you to get the care your child needs when they need it.

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Signs of Vision Problems in Children

Young children, in particular, are not always able to effectively communicate when something is wrong. That is why it is up to parents and caregivers to look for signs of vision problems in their children. If your child is having difficulties with their sight, it is critical that these issues be identified and treated as soon as possible.

Early detection and treatment can help safeguard your child’s vision and prevent permanent vision loss that could hamper your child’s development and affect their ability to learn.

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 of double vision
  • Cover one eye while looking at things
  • Frequently tilt their head to one side
  • Have a misaligned eye

If you suspect that your child may be suffering from vision problems, you should book an appointment with their optometrist as soon as possible.

Children’s Eye Exam Schedule

The Canadian Association of Optometrists suggests that children undergo their first comprehensive eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months old, and have their second eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.
Once children start school, they should have their eyes examined at least once per year. However, these guidelines only outline the minimum number of suggested visits, so depending on your child’s needs, their optometrist may recommend they have their eyes examined more frequently.

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