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Young Eyes Need Attention

We can’t imagine how frustrating an undiagnosed vision error is for a child. Because children’s eyes are continuously developing and changing, they aren’t always aware of a problem if one arises. Many children with vision errors may simply believe that how they see is normal, but in truth, they have to work harder at learning than their peers do.

Routine eye exams are vital for monitoring your child’s visual milestones and ensuring their eyes are developing correctly. Through regular eye exams, we can detect any potential vision problems like amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), myopia (nearsightedness), or ocular disease before they worsen.

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.

Symptoms of Vision Problems

Undiagnosed vision problems often look like behavioural problems or learning disabilities. To rule out the possibility of a vision problem impacting your child’s behaviour, a routine eye exam is crucial.

If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, please book their eye exam as soon as possible:

  • Complains of blurred vision
  • Rubs eyes frequently
  • Squints
  • Closes or covers one eye
  • Can only read for short periods
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Holds things too close
  • Complains of tired eyes
  • Frequent headaches when reading
  • Loses place, skips lines when reading
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty recognizing letters, words, or simple shapes
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts
  • Poor speller
  • Poor recall
  • Sloppy handwriting and drawing
  • Poor copying skills
  • Trouble learning right and left
  • Reverses letters and words
  • Difficulty writing and remembering letters and numbers

Children’s Eye Exams Are Covered

Children’s eye exams are vital to a child’s ocular health and development, and so Alberta Health Care covers the cost of annual eye exams for children from birth to 18. Ocular health and vision are our passions, and we want to be an integral part of your child’s healthcare team.

Does your child need glasses? Check out our large selection of cool frames at Legacy Eye Care! Our passionate optician and frame stylist can help inspire excitement for eyewear so your child will love their glasses!

Book Your Child’s Eye Exam Today

Do you have questions about your child’s ocular health, visual milestones, common childhood vision problems, or special services like myopia control? We’d love to answer them for you! Please call our office to book your child’s eye exam today.

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You can find our beautiful new clinic behind the Best Western, just off 43rd Avenue in Atim Creek Centre.

We direct bill to all major insurance providers, including Blue Cross, Manulife, Great West Life, Sun Life Financial, Alberta Works, Dejardins, and so many more!

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Stony Plain, AB T7Z 0H4

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Monday
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Tuesday
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Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
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