Eye Exams Are Part of Your Child’s Development

Most kids rely on vision for 80% of their learning. And we don’t just mean learning in the classroom. Vision has a huge impact on early developmental milestones too, like walking and talking.

You want your kids to learn, progress, and thrive. With regular eye exams, we can detect the eye issues that sometimes develop in children, even before they have the words to tell you about them. See & Be Seen Eyecare uses the latest non-invasive equipment to make your child’s eye health exam fun and educational.

When Do My Kids Need Eye Exams?

6 Months Old

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that infants have their first eye exam at six months old. By the time a child is six months old, we can usually diagnose “crossed eyes” and “lazy eyes,” both of which need treatment.

Our doctors can conduct children’s eye exams even if your kids haven’t learned their numbers or alphabet yet. We use pictures, shapes, and other child-friendly ways to assess their eye health.

After their first eye exam, the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends kids have their eyes checked every year. It’s particularly important to have your child’s eyes examined between the ages of one and two because this period is critical for the development of hand-eye coordination and depth perception.

You can help build your child’s visual development with:

  • Painting
  • Drawing and colouring
  • Playing with building blocks
  • Sorting and assembling
  • Puzzles

An eye exam should be part of your back-to-school routine every year. Kids may not notice vision issues, but they can have a huge impact on their learning. By bringing your child in every year, you’re helping make sure they have everything they need to do their best in school.

School-aged kids may develop nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, all of which require treatment.

Does My Child Have a Vision Problem?

Vision problems can be hard to detect, especially because kids may not even realize they’re not seeing well. Keep an eye out for these symptoms, as they may indicate that your child has a vision problem.

  • Underachieving in school
  • Tilting their head while reading
  • Squinting while reading
  • Covering an eye while reading
  • Regularly losing their place while reading
  • Poor athletic performance
  • Short attention span
  • Frequent blinking or eye rubbing
  • Sitting close to the television
  • Frequent headaches
  • Holding objects or reading close to their face

If these symptoms sound familiar, book an appointment for your child today.