Making sure our children can see well is a priority for all parents. The following questions and answers will serve as a guide when you’re weighing the need for an examination.
Is it important to have my child’s eyes examined before school starts?
Vision problems have been identified as one of the major factors in limiting a child’s ability to learn and succeed. For the first 12 years of a child’s life, 80% of a child’s learning is visual - good grades go hand in hand with good vision!
When should my child have a complete eye examination?
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the first eye exam at 6 months then again at ages 3 and 5, whey they are ready to begin school. Once in school, have your child’s eyes checked annually.
Does my child have to recognize the ABC’s before getting an exam?
No. Your optometrist can use shapes, pictures and other child-friendly ways to assess eye health and vision.
Our doctor checked my child vision and said it’s 20/20. Why should I get another exam?
Do not assume that 20/20 vision means perfect vision. A 20/20 vision score means your child sees at 20 feet what should be seen. It doesn’t relate to vision skills needed for learning and does not mean the eyes are disease free.