Our Children’s Eye Exams
Vision is responsible for approximately 80% of what children learn. As they grow and develop, they are constantly integrating knowledge of the world and how to navigate it.
Vision problems in children can lead to difficulties in all aspects of their life: school, social interactions, and independence will all be affected. This is why it is important that their eyes are examined at a young age, and that they then continue with regular examinations, to detect any issues.
Children Need Our Help
Children may not always be able to differentiate between what is “normal” and what is not when it comes to their vision. What’s more, they may not be able to tell us if something is wrong.
With these considerations in mind, it’s easy to see why it is so important to take your children to the optometrist for regular comprehensive eye exams. Optometrists can detect potential problems before they fully develop into complicated issues.
It is recommended that children begin having their eyes examined at the age of 6 months to ensure their vision is developing correctly.
After that, it is recommended that children have their eyes examined annually, particularly once they begin school.
For more information on children’s eye health, visit the Canadian Association of Optometrists website.
What To Expect
We understand that even the toughest adults can find a trip to the doctor intimidating. Our optometrists and staff are friendly (and often familiar) faces who help educate your children on how to care for their eyes.
EyeCare Niagara goes the extra mile by encouraging them to be leaders in their own eye health. By offering a calm, welcoming environment and ensuring your child’s comfort is prioritized, we help your family become engaged in their ocular health – and make sure it’s at its best.
During your child’s eye exam, we will asses their:
- Visual acuity
- Binocular vision
- Depth perception
- Peripheral vision
- Colour vision
- Tracking ability
- Ocular health
We will also gain a thorough understanding of both your child’s and your family’s health history to determine if there are other potential issues we should be watching for.
Here are a few good questions to ask regarding your child’s eye exam:
- What are the signs of a vision issue that I should be watching for?
- How frequently should my child visit the optometrist?
- If they need corrective lenses, what lens designs or other corrective methods would be a good fit for their age?
- What guidelines should we follow to protect my child’s eye health? For example, how often should they be wearing sunglasses?
- How do digital screens affect my child and their eye health?
Please bring your child’s OHIP card, insurance coverage, and any vision correction devices that your child currently uses such as glasses and contact lenses.