Eye health is particularly important to the development of children of all ages.
WHAT TO KNOW
Children’s vision problems and eye health issues, even from the youngest of ages, can create many barriers in life that lead to academic, social and athletic problems. Early detection and treatment of various eye health diseases and disorders can improve your child’s overall quality of life.
You’d be surprised to know that proper vision doesn’t just happen from birth. In fact, it’s more of a learned skill, with your child’s brain learning how to use their eyes, just like it learns to use other parts of their body such as their legs to walk or their mouth to form words. This is the primary reason why eye exams for children are so important. Early detection and the subsequent treatment can provide the best opportunity to correct vision problems and avoid subsequent problems.
VISION & LEARNING
80% of a child’s learning in the first 10-12 years of their life is visually based. This only underscores the need for comprehensive eye exams for kids. Unfortunately, there are some common misconceptions about what constitutes a full eye exam.
In some Canadian provinces, schools offer vision screening programs that many parents and teachers think are a sufficient replacement for an eye exam. This is not true as a vision screening program is most often a limited procedure, and not equivalent to an optometric eye exam. Many kids with actual vision problems can often pass a vision screening test, leaving vision-threatening diseases untreated. A comprehensive children’s eye exam tests all of a child’s vision functions, including how eyes focus up close, ability to see things at a distance, how well the eyes are working together, and the overall health of the eyes.