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Children's Eye Exams

¼ of All Elementary School Students Have Undetected, Treatable Vision Problems

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams for Your Child

Due to their age and subsequent lack of life experience, children often do not know anything is wrong with their eyesight; if they are aware something is wrong, they are often unable to properly articulate it to their parents.

If you notice your child exhibiting any of the following behaviors we recommend booking an appointment with one of our Optometrists to have an eye exam performed:

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

Did you know? All patients aged 5 and under will get a FREE pair of sunglasses. It is never too early to begin protecting our eyes from UV exposure.

Eye Exams for Children Are Covered in Alberta

The AHCIP (Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan) provides annual coverage for regular eye exams to children age 18 and under. To find out more, ask our staff when you schedule your child for their exam.

Good Vision is Crucial for Their Learning Development

We cannot imagine the frustration a child with an undiagnosed vision problem experiences. Children who suffer from undiagnosed eye conditions struggle to hold the same learning pace as their classmates, ending up frustrated and disinterested.

We have been told by parents of our young patients that they noticed marketable changes and improvement in their child’s behavior and performance in school, after their visual impairments were identified and treated.

Important Information About Children’s Eye Wellness Exams

We Participate in Eye See...Eye Learn Alberta

This program provides a complimentary eye exam to all kindergarten kids in Alberta. If necessary, a complimentary pair of eyeglasses will be provided.

The eye exam is covered by Alberta Health.

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 being diabetic).

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

  • Infants and Toddlers (birth to 9 months) — Infants should have their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months.
  • Preschool Children (2 to 5 years) — Preschool children should have at least one eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5 years, prior to entering kindergarten.
  • School Age Children (6 to 18 years) — Children between the ages of 6 and 18 years should have an eye exam annually to ensure optimal eye health and development.
How Long Will The Appointment Be?

A typical eye exam will be approximately 60 minutes, though we recommend allowing for 90 minutes at their first exam (due to paperwork and intake questions).

Our practice has a play area with free movies to keep your children engaged while we discuss their eye care with you.

Next Steps

Things to Consider When Scheduling Your Child’s Eye Wellness Exam at
LAKELAND FAMILY EYECARE

We recommend choosing a time when your child is typically alert and happy. This will provide a smoother examination of your child’s vision and eye health and more accurate results.

Please be sure to tell our Optometrist if your child has a history of the following:

  • Medical conditions, such as diabetes
  • Prematurity
  • Delayed motor development
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Excessive blinking
  • Difficulty making eye contact
  • Inability to maintain focus on objects
  • Family history of eye conditions requiring correction, such as amblyopia, myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, or strabismus