Child Eye Exams
It is important for children to have their eyes examined starting at a young age. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam at the age of six ( 6 )months. This may seem young, but it is important to ensure normal ocular health and eye coordination as your young child’s vision is developing. We can assess your child’s ocular health and visual skills such as near vision, distance vision, depth perception, eye movement, peripheral awareness and color vision. Good vision is more than just seeing 20/20!
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following frequency of eye exams for children:
- Infants and toddlers ( birth to 24 months )- by age 6 months
- Preschool ( 2 to 5 years )- at age 3, and prior to entering elementary school
- School age ( 6 to 19 years )-annually
Some children have a higher risk of having visual problems, and therefore, may need to be seen more frequently. Some of the factors which may indicate high risk includes premature birth, low birth weight, family history of strabismus ( eye turn ) or amblyopia ( lazy eye ), children with reading and/or learning disabilities.