Did you know that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems?
Despite the fact that yearly eye exams are covered by OHIP for children up to 20 years old, many preschool and school age children are not receiving adequate professional eye and vision care.
The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less negative impact it will have on a child’s development. Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s learning, participation in sports and other childhood activities.
A vision examination for children
Your child’s eyes require a vision examination just like adults. A vision screening or limited pre-school physical doesn’t provide enough information to know if your child is experiencing vision problems.
An age appropriate eye and vision examination of a pre-school child would generally include the following:
- Patient and family history
- Visual acuity measurement
- Assessment of refractive status
- Evaluation of ocular motility, binocular vision and accommodative function
- Ocular health examination
- Optomap imaging is offered at a reduced fee for children ages 7 to 19
- When appropriate, supplemental testing of visual perceptual development may be provided
At Merivale Vision Care, we are equipped to examine infants and school age children. We ensure kids feel comfortable and have a great experience!
Eye See Eye Learn Program
We are proud to be part of the Eye See Eye Learn program providing free prescription glasses to JK students who require them.
How can I prepare for my child’s eye exam?
We see a large number of children at our clinic and often schedule entire families together. Here is an easy list for you to review prior to bringing them in for their eye exam.
- The optometrist will have your child look at different pictures, letters or numbers, and may be asked to wear “silly” glasses during the various tests.
- The optometrist will use special lights to look at their eyes.
- Seeing the optometrist does not mean they are necessarily getting glasses.
- If two children are being checked, it is great for the older sibling to go first.
- Smaller children are welcome to sit on their parent’s lap during their eye exam.
- Often, children will watch a movie while the optometrist looks in their eyes with lights.
- Sometimes drops are required, the reasons would be discussed with the parents and often a second visit is scheduled when drops are needed.
- Typically the child exam is a very positive experience.