Regular eye exams for children ensure they are prepared to succeed academically and personally.
Being a kid isn’t easy, and struggling with vision problems doesn’t make it any easier. Kids, due to a lack of life experience and simply not knowing any better, often struggle to articulate when they are experiencing challenges with their vision.
Many kids do have vision problems, with nearly 1 in 4 school-age children requiring some form of vision correction. Imagine trying to take notes from the board or participate in lessons with hazy, fuzzy vision. It can’t be easy.
Alberta Health covers basic annual eye exams for kids 18 years and younger. We also recommend a digital retinal image on all children to document and monitor for any health conditions or diseases. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words! The digital retinal image is not covered by Alberta Health.
If it has been more than a year since the last eye exam for your child, we invite you to request an appointment to schedule an eye exam at a time convenient for you.
The eye exam is painless and non-invasive; your child has nothing to fear. Most of the time kids are fascinated by all the equipment we use when performing the exam!
The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recommends that your child receive their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months.
Preschool children ages 2 to 5 should have at least one eye exam prior to starting kindergarten. This will ensure that they have everything they need to enjoy a new environment full of fun and learning.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recommends eye exams annually for children age 18 or younger. As kids mature their bodies – eyes included – change rapidly. Annual eye exams will ensure that any changes to their vision are addressed before they cause problems academically or socially.
Alberta health provides financial coverage for basic annual eye exams for kids age 18 and younger. We also recommend a digital retinal image on all children to document and monitor for any health conditions or diseases. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words! The digital retinal image is not covered by Alberta Health.
An eye exam is fast – lasting an average of 30min – and completely painless. We really enjoy seeing kids and try to make everything we do into a fun game.
Staying on top of ocular health is important, but particularly so for kids. As adults we can draw on our breadth of experiences to let us know when things aren’t right. A child that has been living with vision problems their whole life (for example) may not know any better. Not only that, but children are highly adaptive and often simply assume that what they’re experiencing is part of growing up.
Often, when a child struggles in school, we can trace its root to the eye. Since over 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually, it’s vital that their ability to see is unimpaired. Vision influences so much, from hand/eye coordination to learning and social development.