Your Child’s Vision

It’s easy to take a child’s vision for granted. After all, young eyes are healthy eyes, right? Not necessarily. According to experts, 1 in every 4 children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior.

Now think about this: half of all Canadian children have not had a comprehensive eye exam. Of them, many need glasses and don’t even know it. And because 80% of everything children learn comes through their eyes, uncorrected vision problems can impact their ability to learn and interact with the world around them.

Can Vision Problems Really Affect My Child’s Behavior?

Yes. In fact some vision disorders are misdiagnosed as behavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This can result in a long and difficult process for parents and children, when the real solution may have been as simple as a trip to the eye doctor and proper vision correction.

Don’t let vision problems affect your child’s behavior and performance for the rest of his life.

My Child Gets Vision Screenings at School; Isn’t That Good Enough?

No. Many parents believe that school vision screenings are sufficient care for their children's eyes. But this is not true. Simple eye checks are good for detecting some common problems such as trouble seeing distance. However, they may not catch everything, including astigmatism and blurred vision, just to name a few.

How Do I Know If My Child Has a Vision Problem?

If your child is displaying any of the following symptoms of behaviors, you may want to take them into an eye doctor for a comprehensive examination:

  • Dislike or avoidance of reading
  • Short attention span
  • Poor coordination when throwing or catching a ball, copying from a chalkboard, or tying their shoes
  • Placing their head close to their books or sitting close to the TV
  • Excessive blinking or eye rubbing
  • Using fingers or a pencil to guide eyes
  • Decreasing performance in school

Your child does not have the ability to understand or describe vision problems. Don’t leave your children’s health up to them – make sure they get a comprehensive eye exam.

How Often Should I Take My Child for Their Eye Exam?

The Canadian Optometrist Association recommends that children have a comprehensive eye exam at 6 months, 3 years and 5 years. After that, your child should have an annual comprehensive eye exam.

Eye exams are covered by Alberta Health Services up to and including age 18.

Contact Optiko Eyewear today to schedule an eye exam.

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