Children’s Eye Exam

80% of a child’s learning occurs through their eyes

A child’s vision is constantly changing and developing from birth all through their school years making the children’s eye exam critical to good health, development and success at school. The eyes are a child’s most important learning tool and if it’s not functioning optimally, this process becomes difficult and stressful. This gets worse as a child progresses through the education system and school becomes more visually demanding.

You or your child may not always know that they have a vision issue, and that’s what the team at See & Be Seen Eyecare is here to help with! Our doctors and team use the latest non-invasive equipment at See & Be Seen Eyecare to make your child’s eye health exam fun and educational.


  • Underachieving in school
  • Tilting of the head and/or squinting while reading
  • Covering an eye
  • Losing place while reading
  • Poor performance playing sports
  • Short attention span
  • Frequent blinking or eye rubbing
  • Sitting close to television
  • Headaches
  • Holding objects or reading close to their face


The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that infants have their first eye exam at six months old and annually thereafter. The Optometrists at See & Be Seen Eyecare have the ability to conduct a thorough pediatric children’s eye exam even if your child hasn’t learned numbers or the alphabet yet. We use pictures, shapes and other child-friendly ways to assess eye health.

These are two conditions in infants that we can screen for at 6 months of age:

  1. Strabismus – Or crossed eyes need to be treated with glasses, contact lenses, surgery or vision therapy after 6 months of age. Left untreated the affected eye may lose its functionality.
  2. Lazy Eye – Low vision quality or loss of vision in one eye due to uncorrected prescription. It can be treated successfully and completely if detected and treated before eight years of age, treatment becomes difficult later on. Left untreated lazy eye can lead to blindness in the affected eye. Treatment options include vision therapy, eyeglasses, contact lenses, or patching.
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The Canadian Association of Optometry recommends that toddlers get an eye exam before starting kindergarten, and annually thereafter to ensure peak eye health and development. Between ages one and two it’s critical children develop depth perception along with hand-eye coordination.

Here are some activities that can help their visual development:

  • Painting
  • Playing with building blocks.
  • Sorting and assembling.
  • Drawing and coloring.

These activities are essential to your toddlers’ visual development. Remember the 10 symptoms of visual problems and BOOK AN APPOINTMENT with a pediatric Optometrist in Toronto if you notice these symptoms.

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Why Eye Exams Are Important for Kids


It is crucial that parents monitor their child’s vision during school age. As school becomes more visually demanding you must keep an eye out for symptoms of visual disorders as children may not notice these changes. Conditions that may develop at this age include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These conditions can greatly affect your child’s potential if left untreated.

A children’s eye health exam with one of our optometrists includes:

  • Visual acuity – Determining the clarity of your child’s vision using letter charts.
  • Color test – Objects hidden in patterns and colors are a non-intrusive way to test for color blindness.
  • Slit lamp – A powerful microscope allowing your Optometrist to view the cornea, iris, lens and blood vessels.
  • Phoropter – Testing of your child’s vision by allowing them to view objects using different lenses to determine if glasses are necessary.
  • Stereopsis – A variety of tests to determine if your child’s eyes are working together.
  • Binocular Vision Testing – A variety of tests determining the functionality of the extra-ocular muscles.
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