Children’s Eye Exams in Grande Prairie, Jasper, & Edson

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Vision Is a Lifelong Gift

The joy our children can bring to our lives is immeasurable.

By protecting and preserving your child’s vision, we can support your child wherever life takes them.

We believe the path to lifelong clear and healthy vision starts with regular eye exams. We approach your child’s eye health with strategies tailored to their unique needs. So whether your child needs support for nearsightedness, lazy eye, crossed eyes, or other issues, our team is ready to help.

Find the care your child deserves and book an appointment today.

Developmental Eye Exams Can Support Your Child’s Vision

Your child relies on their vision for so much in life: learning in the classroom, playing sports, spending quality time with the family; the list can go on and on.

Our unique developmental eye exam process, also known as functional eye exams, takes a comprehensive look at your child’s visual skills, perceptual skills, and fine motor skills. We also determine what issues they may have and how they affect their quality of life.

If your child struggles with success doing the things they love, schedule a developmental eye exam today. Please also visit our Vision & Learning page to learn how vision issues can impact your child’s life and how we can help.

Spotting the Signs of an Eye Problem

Taking care of your child’s vision is an essential responsibility you have as a parent. However, it can be difficult to tell if they have a vision problem, especially if they’re too young to communicate their issues to you.

Your child may display several behaviours and signs if they have an eye problem. Please contact us today to book an appointment if you notice these issues.

  • Poor concentration
  • Irritability
  • Avoiding books and screens
  • Headaches
  • Red, irritated, watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Closing or covering one eye to see
  • Head tilting
  • Reading difficulties
  • Poor performance at school and sports

Regular Eye Exams Can Detect Potential Issues

Children should have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months.

Sometimes it’s normal for your child’s eyes to seem misaligned within the first few months of being born, but they should not remain misaligned after 6 months. If your child appears to have lazy or crossed eyes after 6 months, contact us for an eye exam.

Your child should have their second eye exam between 2 and 5.

These earlier years are crucial for developing various visual skills like hand-eye coordination and depth perception. An eye exam around this age allows us to detect potential issues before permanently affecting your child’s vision.

Children should start having annual eye exams after starting school.

Annual eye exams enable us to detect issues affecting your child’s visual skills and determine if they have a refractive error like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism.

Your Child Can Develop Eye Problems, Too

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common refractive error that can develop in school-age children.

Myopia affects your child’s distance vision, making it difficult for them to read signs, play sports, or follow presentations.

Please visit our Myopia Control page to learn more about this issue and how we can help manage it.

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is an eye condition characterized by having weaker visual acuity in one eye.

Lazy eye can develop in young children. Without treatment, your child’s brain may choose to ignore images from their “weaker” eye, leading to vision problems in that eye.

Vision therapy exercises are a common way to correct amblyopia symptoms. We may also recommend prescription glasses or contact lenses.

Strabismus, commonly referred to as crossed eyes, an eye muscle dysfunction affects your child’s eye alignment.

Vision therapy is one of the ways we can potentially correct strabismus and preserve your child’s vision. We may also recommend corrective glasses or contact lenses.

Astigmatism occurs when there is an imperfection in the cornea’s curvature or eye’s lens. Light can’t properly refract onto the retina, resulting in near and distant vision being blurred.

Genetics is a contributing factor to astigmatism, and it’s often present at birth. This eye condition may occur in combination with myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness).

Bringing your child in for regular eye exams can help detect signs of astigmatism to monitor for development and provide treatment options if necessary.

Convergence insufficiency is a condition that occurs when the eyes don’t move together when looking at a nearby object. Instead of both eyes moving inward to focus on the object, one or both eyes move outward.

Convergence insufficiency is associated with conditions that affect the brain and can result in symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, and difficulty reading.

Vision therapy is available to help improve the eye’s convergence ability.

The ability to switch your eyes from viewing something close to far away without any blur is important for processing visual information. Accommodative insufficiency is the inability to change focus from near to far.

This eye condition affects how children can effectively learn in the classroom as well as play sports and other games. Vision therapy treatments are available at Aurora Eyecare to help train the eyes and brain to work together.

Oculomotor dysfunction affects how the brain accurately coordinates the eyes to move. It occurs when a developmental delay, brain trauma, or disease affects the central nervous system.

If you notice your child often loses their place while reading or skips over words or entire sentences, they may be dealing with oculomotor dysfunction.

Vision therapy is available to help develop eye-tracking skills and improve how the eyes work together. Visit Aurora Eyecare to discover if vision therapy is right for your child.

You may have heard hyperopia referred to as farsightedness. It means your child has the ability to see objects off in the distance clearly, but close-up objects are blurry.

Hyperopia occurs when the eyeball is too short or the eye’s surface doesn’t have enough curvature. When light enters the eye, it’s unable to properly focus on the retina, which leads to blurred vision.

This eye condition can be treated with corrective lenses. Bringing your child in for a comprehensive eye exam can determine their current prescription and the presence of potential vision problems.

Comprehensive Support From Preschool to Graduation

Your child deserves eyesight they can depend on. Find out how our team can support your child’s vision by booking an appointment with us today.

Our Locations

Grande Prairie

Our location is on the corner of 92nd Street and 100th Avenue, right across from Starbucks in the same plaza as Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • 101 9920 92 St.
  • Grande Prairie, AB T8X 0E7


We’re located right on the main road heading west on 4th Avenue, just past the Scotiabank on the left.

  • 5015 4th Ave.
  • Edson, AB T7E 1V2


Find us right underneath the clock on Connaught Drive, nestled in the alcove, with plenty of street parking available.

  • 622C Connaught Dr.
  • Jasper, AB T0E 1E0

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