As the start of school fast approaches us, we want to ensure our children are seeing the best they can! Whether it is your child’s first time in a classroom or they are returning after summer vacations it is important they get their eyes checked to reach their full potential in the classroom. About 80% of learning is done visually, especially in a child’s younger years. Many children can start school with undiagnosed vision issues or eye health problems. Common issues in children can include lazy eye (amblyopia), refractive errors like astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness, strabismus, and eye alignment issues. If these issues go unchecked it can greatly impact your child’s success in school and many vision problems can be misdiagnosed as learning disabilities. Many optometrists receive specialized training in pediatric optometry which allows them to provide a thorough analysis of your child’s eye health during their eye exams.
Comprehensive eye exams for children begin at 6 months old then between the age of 2-5 and yearly after that, unless you are advised to come in sooner by your optometrist! When your child comes in for their annual check-up they are not required to know the alphabet, optometrists have many tools like using picture charts instead to analyze the eyes! Children under the age of 19 are covered yearly by the Government of Alberta for their comprehensive eye exams, if additional testing like retinal imaging is required that is done at a cost set by the individual clinic. If your child is experiencing any sort of vision-related problem or it’s time for their yearly check-up, we’re here to assist you and your child takes the best care of your eyes at Eyedeology. Give us a call or use our online booking portal to book your appointment with Dr. Sunderji or Dr. Yang!