Children's Eye Exams in Alberta

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Regular Eye Exams Help Set Your Child up for Success

Children’s eyes change and develop continuously. But children aren’t always aware there’s something wrong with their eyesight. They may simply believe how they see is typical or cannot properly articulate what’s wrong to their parents.

Undiagnosed vision problems can severely impact your child’s overall development. From language skills and social skills to reading and playing, if your child struggles with a vision problem, they will have to work harder at learning and growing than their peers.

If you notice your child exhibiting any of the following behaviours, we recommend booking an appointment with one of our optometrists for an eye exam:

  • Frustration with learning
  • Irritability, visible frustration, or short attention span
  • Red, itchy, or watering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Constant eye turning
  • Squinting, rubbing, or covering one or both of their eyes
  • Excessive blinking
  • Holding objects too close
  • Avoiding books and television

How Often Should Children Have Eye Exams?

The Canadian Association of Optometrists provides a general guideline for children’s eye exam frequency. This guideline is meant for children who are low risk and do not have increased chances of vision problems (such as having diabetes).

If you notice any changes in your child’s behaviour or obvious symptoms like crossed eyes, please bring your child in for an exam regardless of their last visit.

  • Infants and toddlers (birth to 9 months): Infants should have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months.
  • Preschool children (2 to 5 years): Preschool children should have at least one eye exam between 2 and 5 before entering kindergarten.
  • School-age children (6 to 18 years): Children between the ages of 6 and 18 should have an eye exam annually to ensure optimal eye health and development.

Good Vision Is Crucial for Learning Development

We cannot imagine the frustration a child with a vision problem experiences. Children who suffer from undiagnosed eye conditions struggle to keep up to their classmates, ending up frustrated and disinterested with school.

Many parents say they notice improvements in their child’s behaviour and performance in school after identifying and treating their vision issues.

Find Us In Bonnyville & St. Paul

St. Paul

You can find us on 51st Avenue, next to the Fire Hall and the Sunglass Cove.

Address

4916 51 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0

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Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
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Bonnyville

Find us on the corner of Main & 52nd Street, across from Westline Autowash.

Address

5201 50 Avenue
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2G6

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Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

You can find us on 51st Avenue, next to the Fire Hall and the Sunglass Cove.

Contact Information

Address

4916 51 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Find us on the corner of Main & 52nd Street, across from Westline Autowash.

Contact Information

Address

5201 50 Avenue
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2G6

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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