When do I bring my child in for an eye exam?
First eye exam is recommended between 6-9 months of age.
Children don't always realize they have problems with their vision and believe that what they see is completely normal. Early identification of any vision problems is important because if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.
Next eye exam at 2-5 years of age
Children require basic visual skills for learning.
- Distance vision (ex: for seeing the board in school)
- Near vision (ex: for reading a book up close)
- Eye movement skills
- Focusing skills
- Binocular vision (ie: using both eyes equally, not favoring one over the other)
- Hand eye coordination
- Peripheral awareness
And then yearly after they begin school
As children grow up, there eyes grow up as well. Things can change very quickly, especially during puberty. Their eyes will not stabilize until early adulthood.
Don't forget, yearly eye health exams are covered by Alberta Health Care until they are 18 years old.
OPT. understands that we all want the best for our children and we love working with children. And as always, we focus on creating a stress free environment for both the parents and the children.