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Important Facts All Parents Should Know About Kids Eye Exams!

Eyes Through The Growing Phases

As a parent it is important for you to understand eyecare through the growing phases of your child. Just like regular health exams, eye exams are equally important. Approximately ¼ of elementary enrolled children have vision problems.

On average only 14% of children under 6 years of age receive a professional eye exam. As children grow, their vision and eye development change as well. Ensuring an Optometrist is examining these changes is vital to detecting any issues.

Children Are Highly Adaptive

Parents often assume they would recognize if a child was having issues with their vision which in many cases simply isn’t true. Children are highly adaptive the situation and their environment and may not indicate any concern.

Vision Impacts Learning & Development

The early detection and treatment of eye and vision problems should be in every parents rule book. Vision affects every aspects of a child’s development, from gross and find motor skills to language. It also impacts a child’s learning and skill development, including reading, copying, group involvement and staying focused in class. All of these things can have a tremendous impact on children’s growth and confidence.

Our clinic encourages parents to be proactive with their children’s ongoing eye health exams and book regular appointments for the entire family.

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Kids Eye Exams:

When Should I Bring My Child In For An Eye Exam?

Only an examining Optometrist can determine the exact frequency a patient should be having an exam but here is a guide published by the CAO for children with low risk:

  • Infants and Toddlers (birth to 24 months) – Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months.
  • Preschool Children (2 to 5 years) – Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years.
  • School Age Children (6 to 19 years) – School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually.
Does Insurance Cover Children’s Eye Exams?

Children are covered for a basic eye exam, annually, if they are under the age of 18.

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Eye Exams Are Important For Children

Early eye exams are also important because children use their eyes for basic visual skills that lead to learning:

  • Hand – eye coordination
  • Focusing on objects
  • Close up vision
  • Far away vision
  • Side vision