Orillia Optometry
390 Laclie Street Orillia ON L3V 4P5 705.242.5174

Children's Eye Exams in Orillia

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Children often don’t know how to describe their vision changes, and they may not even be aware that their vision is compromised. This makes regular eye exams very important for detecting vision-related problems.

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, over 25 percent of school-age children experience vision problems. For children six years of age and younger, only 14 percent receive these exams

In order to help ensure that your child sees correctly, schedule regular appointments with our clinic. Better vision can aid in coordination, sensory processing and even in school performance.

The Role Vision Plays in Development

As children move through various developmental phases, proper vision can help them succeed in each stage. Vision aids with language skills and fine and gross motor skills. In fact, 80 percent of learned information comes through sight. Children use eyesight to create building blocks for increased learning and developmental skills. Copying, reading, retaining focus and group involvement are all aided by proper vision.

How Often to Take Your Child To The Eye Doctor

While some children may need to see an optometrist more regularly, most children should receive annual checkups. Children can receive eye exams as early as six-months-old. Once you set up your first appointment with our licensed optometrist, their results will indicate whether you should bring your child in more than once a year.

Each child’s needs may be different, and only an optometrist can determine how frequent an individual child should be seen. However, the CAO has published a helpful guide that provides estimates for children with low risk.

  • Infants and Toddlers (birth to 24 months)—Infants and toddlers should have their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months.
  • Preschool Children (2 to 5 years)—Preschool children should have at least one eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5 years.
  • School Age Children (6 to 19 years)—School children between the ages of 6 and 19 years should have an eye exam annually.

Early Detection is Key

Your child’s vision will begin to develop immediately after birth, and vision changes often occur quickly. If we discover any vision problems, we can address them in a timely manner and make necessary adjustments and recommendations.

When these problems are addressed early, your child is more likely to continue to develop and grow at a healthy pace. Vision tests check side vision, far and close up vision, focus and hand-and-eye coordination. Children use these skills every day as they process information.

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Contact Information

Phone: 705.326.3121


390 Laclie Street
Orillia, ON L3V 4P5

Hours of Operation

8 AM – 5 PM
8 AM – 7 PM
8 AM – 7 PM
8 AM – 5PM
8 AM – 4 PM

Closed Thursday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


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