Children’s Eye Exams

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Clear Vision Aids in a Child’s Development

Most children rely on their vision to help them learn and succeed. In fact, up to 80% of a child’s learning takes place visually. This isn’t just true for academic skills such as reading and writing but for fundamental skills like walking and talking. Regular eye exams allow us to track your child’s vision and eye health to help ensure they see the world clearly. Help your child flourish; schedule their next eye exam today. (Advanced imaging technology extra)

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When Should Kids Have Eye Exams?

At Abbey Eye Care, we recommend that children have their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months. After that, you should bring your children in for eye exams once a year.

OHIP covers one eye exam per year for children under the age of 20.

Children’s eye examinations are tailored to their age and ability. Your child does not need to read or know their alphabet to have their eyes examined. We use shapes, pictures, and videos to make the experience as fun and engaging as possible. Parents are often surprised at how well their kids do during the exam.

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What Vision Problems can Children’s Eye Exams Uncover?

Because kids don’t necessarily have the language ability to describe what they’re seeing and how they see it, it can be difficult to tell whether your child has vision problems. This is one reason it’s so important to bring your child in for regular exams. There are, however, some symptoms that may indicate your child is having difficulty seeing clearly. If you think your child is experiencing vision difficulties, schedule an appointment for an eye exam today.

Symptoms of vision problems may include:

  • Excessive eye rubbing
  • Squinting
  • Excessive blinking
  • Regular turning or tilting of the head
  • Frequent headaches
  • Wandering or “lazy” eye
  • Red eyes
  • Complaints of not seeing what you see

Myopia (also known as nearsightedness) grows increasingly common in children with every passing year. This refractive error, or prescription, occurs when the eye grows too long. As a result objects viewed in the distance are blurred. Once children with myoipa reach adulthood, they often need a very strong prescription to see objects at a distance.

Through a process called myopia control or myopia management, we can slow down how quickly your child’s prescription changes; thus preserving as much of your child’s distance vision as possible.

Learn more about myopia control.

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Complimentary Glasses for Junior & Senior Kindergarten Students

Abbey Eye Care proudly partners with Eye See… Eye Learn; a program which provides junior and senior kindergarten students with OHIP insured eye exams and, if necessary, a complimentary pair of glasses. Contact your local school or Abbey Eye Care for details about the Eye See… Eye Learn program.