We encourage Vancouver parents to ensure that your child’s eye health is on track.
Through regular eye exams, starting at a young age, our pediatric optometrists are able to detect early signs of vision problems. Early detection is the most effective way to treat conditions and prevent them from worsening.
A comprehensive eye exam is an aspect of preventative health care for children that is too often overlooked. The Canadian Association of Optometrists reports that “...only 14% of children under 6 years of age receive professional eye care”.
This is especially unfortunate since many children may not even realize that their vision is impaired. And if they do, they have a hard time communicating it. As a result, 25% of children have vision problems by the time they start going to school.
Eye Health And Your Child’s Early Development
Basic visual skills are required for a child to learn hand-eye coordination. In fact, vision plays a major part in your child’s early development.
Our optometrists will assess the following six areas when examining your child’s eye health:
Eye health: Our eye doctors will check for signs of eye disease. If any concerns arise, they will provide a diagnosis and advise on treatment.
Visual acuity: Most parents don’t realize that eye doctors can assess a child’s sharpness of vision well before they have even learned their ABC’s and 123’s.
Eye teaming: Eye teaming determines vision comfort and depth perception. We’ll check to see if your child’s eyes are working together with precision.
Eye focusing: Our eye doctors check your child’s ability to focus at various distances. They assess for speed of focus, accuracy and duration.
Ocular motility: We’ll check the twelve extraocular muscles that work together to allow your child’s eyes to smoothly follow moving things.
Visual integration: This allows your child to learn to perform actions that require all their senses to work together, like picking up and tossing a ball.
Eye Health And Learning Disabilities
An undiagnosed vision problem often masks itself as a learning disability.
According to the BC Association of Optometrists, “80% of a child’s learning is based on vision”. And if school-aged kids can’t see properly, it ends up becoming more than just a reading problem.
Children become frustrated when they aren’t able to focus on the visual details involved in a task. So they act out because they have trouble following through. On top of that, they appear to be “behind” in their learning abilities when the actual problem is their eye health.
School-aged kids require an examination of the same six arefas of eye health that are assessed in infants, toddlers and preschoolers. These areas need to be functioning well in order for them to keep up with the learning requirements and visual demands at school.
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When To Schedule Children’s Eye Exams
Doctors of Optometry recommend that infants and toddlers should have their first eye exam between 6 months and 9 months of age.
Following the initial exam, preschoolers should have at least one eye exam between 2 years and 5 years of age.
Once they start school, they should have their eyes examined yearly.
Book Your Children’s Eye Exam
At Della Optique, we are passionate about children’s eye health. We ensure that their visit with us is a comfortable, educational and positive overall experience. We find few things more rewarding than knowing that children enjoy their eye examinations with us.
All exam techniques are adapted to be suitable for your child’s age. We are always extra careful yet thorough with your little ones.
Book an eye exam for your child with Vancouver’s pediatric optometrists at Della Optique.