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.
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.
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.
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:
Children are covered for a basic eye exam, annually, if they are under the age of 18.
Early eye exams are also important because children use their eyes for basic visual skills that lead to learning: