“My child is too young for an eye exam”, is in fact, a misconception. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam starting at 6 months of age. If all findings are normal, it is recommended to have at least one exam between the ages of 2 – 5, followed by annual exams.
A common fear among parents is that their child’s eyes cannot be examined because they are still learning their alphabet, or cannot speak. Parental concern is often accompanied with the fear that the exam will convey inaccurate results. This however, is not true. Our goal is to provide our patients with an inclusive experience despite their age. The optometrist will ensure that your child feels comfortable throughout the entire process and that the exam is tailored to the child’s individual abilities.
Bringing your children in early for their eye exams is critical for their normal development. Since 80% of learning is visual, poor vision can lead to reduced interest and success in school. As children grow, it is not uncommon to notice a rapid change in their eyes as well. Regular eye check-ups will ensure any changes to their vision are detected and addressed appropriately.
If it’s been over a year since your child has had an eye exam, it’s time to schedule another appointment! In Ontario, eye exams for children are covered annually by OHIP until the age of 19.