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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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: