As a parent, it is important for you to understand eye care through the different growth phases of your child. Just like regular health exams, eye exams are equally important. Approximately 25% of elementary school children have vision problems.
As children grow, their vision and eye development change as well. The best, and sometimes the only way to detect issues is by having an optometrist monitor these changes.
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 to their situation and their environment which may not indicate any concern.
The early detection and treatment of eye and vision problems should be every parent’s priority. Vision affects every aspect of a child’s development; from gross and fine 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 academic success, confidence, and even personal growth.
Parents often assume they would recognize if a child was experiencing issues with their vision, however, in many cases this simply isn’t true. Often times behavioral problems, learning issues, and an inability to focus indicate that a child is having trouble with their vision.
We encourage parents to be proactive with their children’s ongoing eye health exams and book regular appointments for the entire family.
Since so many behavioral and learning problems stem from poor vision, the key to fixing them sometimes starts with the eyes. Vision therapy is a drug-free treatment that teaches children how to properly use their eyes and to make the most of the connection between their eyes and their brains. Read more about vision therapy.
Only an examining optometrist can determine the exact frequency with which a patient should be having an exam. However, the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following for low-risk children:
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: