Eye Exams Are an Important Part of Your Child’s Development
Undiagnosed vision problems can severely impact your child’s ability to learn. About 80% of classroom learning is visual, and children rely on their visual skills to read, write, play sports, and see the whiteboard.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that low-risk children undergo eye exams at crucial moments of their development:
- Infants and toddlers (birth to 9 months) should have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months to determine that their eyes are developing properly.
- Preschool children (2 to 5 years) should have at least one eye exam between 2 and 5 to catch any potential childhood vision problems that require timely treatment.
- School-age children (6 to 18 years) between 6 and 18 should have annual eye exams to ensure their eyesight isn’t impacting their ability to participate in school.