Think of your child’s visual development like learning to walk or talk; the ability is there, but they just haven’t learned how to use it properly. Just after birth, your child will only be able to see a few centimetres to a few metres. As they grow older, their vision starts to expand to longer distances and blurring decreases as their eyes begin to develop the skill to see colour.
Between 6 and 9 months of age, it’s recommended by the Canadian Association of Optometrists to book your child in for their first eye exam. Certain vision problems like strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) can start to develop at this age and could cause permanent damage to your child’s eyesight if action is not taken.
At around 2 and 5 years old, it’s recommended by CAO to book your child’s next appointment. Around this age, children start to use their vision for learning and playing, so it’s important to have an optometrist check and see if their vision is developing properly.
After the age of 5, the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends your child should be visiting an optometrist on an annual basis.
As a parent, it’s completely understandable if you start to feel like you are playing catch-up with everything your child is doing. However, there are ways to get ahead of possible vision problems before they can damage your child’s eyesight.
Children learn a lot when they are young, but one thing they probably don’t have a firm grip on is the health of their vision. As far as they know, their vision could be just fine. It’s up to you to spot the issues.
If you see these symptoms occurring frequently, it’s time to speak to your optometrist.
Depending on your child’s needs, every eye exam will be tailored to your child to make sure they are getting the best service for their eyes. That being said, there are a couple of tests your optometrist will always be performing to determine your child’s ocular health.
Each exam will start with a conversation about any questions or concerns there might be regarding the health of your child’s eyes. We will go over your family’s medical history to determine if there are any possible genetic traits that could affect your child’s vision.
Next, your optometrist will begin testing your child’s eyes for strengths and weaknesses. These tests can vary depending on the child, but they are designed to determine how well they are seeing. They will be checked for eye alignment, coordination, acuity, and vision quality.
Your child’s eyes will also be tested for signs of diseases. These tests look for early signs of eye disease to help protect their vision.
At the end of the exam, your optometrist will prescribe any medications or glasses needed to make the most of your child’s vision.
Warden Optometry is proud to be participating in the Eye See… Eye Learn® Program. This program helps provide kindergarten age children the eye care they need.
Under OHIP (The Ontario Health Insurance Plan), all children up to the age of 19 are eligible for one free eye exam every year, plus any follow-up appointments that may be required. By coupling OHIP with the limited-time-only Eye See… Eye Learn® Program, you can have your child’s eyes checked and have a free pair of glasses for your child at no cost to you!
So don’t wait and book your child in for an appointment today.
Our office is conveniently located at #101, 30 Gibson Drive in Alderland Centre, just an East-bound turn off Warden Road. To help serve you better, there is plenty of parking available just behind our practice.
We offer great hours for your convenience. We are open until 7:00 PM on Wednesdays and offer Saturday appointments.
Dr. Liang is very professional and patient to help my father doing eye examinations and recommend the most suitable eye glasses to my father and my daughter. The optometry clinic has some toys and books prepared for little kids and my daughters really enjoyed it. It is very clean and organized. Great customer experience with reasonable price. 100% recommended!
Had a great experience. Went in for a new pair of glasses and a check up (I was experiencing eye fatigue). Dr. Liang was thorough in explaining my eye fatigue and results of my retinography. The front desk was also friendly and helpful when choosing my new pair.
Amazing service! My daughter is so happy with her new prescription. Thank you for your great service and support when we had to change the glasses!