Pediatric Eye Exams
A common misconception is that children need to be able to read in order to have their eyes checked. In fact, we recommend that your child have their first eye examination at the age of 6 months. An infant’s eye examination relies on objective testing by the Optometrist but can provide you with important information including how well your child sees, if both eyes are working together, and the overall health of your little one’s eyes.
Your child’s vision is essential in developing skills such as reading, writing, hand-eye coordination, and social skills. In fact, more than 80% of learning is done through the eyes and one in six children has a vision problem significant enough to affect their learning. Children with poor vision may be misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioural disability.
An eye examination of your child will include:
- A review of your child’s health and vision history
- Tests for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism
- Binocular Vision evaluation (i.e. how well the eyes work together as a team)
- Colour vision assessment
- Eye health examination
Children’s eye examinations are covered by OHIP until 20 years of age.
Eye See… Eye Learn
Our clinic is a proud member of the Eye See… Eye Learn program. This program entitles all junior kindergarten students who require a glasses prescription to be supplied with glasses at no charge and the eye exams are covered under OHIP. This means that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam.
If your child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive a FREE pair donated by Nikon Lenswear, OGI and the Waterloo Vision Care Clinic. The value of the glasses is estimated over $250.
The Eye See…Eye Learn® program was developed to raise awareness among parents of the importance of having their children’s eyes checked upon starting school. Each year thousands of children start school without ever having an eye exam.
Children, who cannot see the board, focus on a picture or follow words in a book may struggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact their hand-eye coordination for physical activities and even impact their social development. In fact, 80 percent of learning comes directly through vision.
The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) recognizes the important link between eye health and learning, and recommends comprehensive eye examinations for all children entering kindergarten. The Eye See…Eye Learn® program will help make sure our kindergarten students get the best start to learning.