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.
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.
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.
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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