If your child had a vision problem, would he or she tell you?
Not likely… because they think everyone sees the way they do -- they don’t know any better!
Approximately 1 in 4 school-aged children have a visual condition, which affects their ability to learn and read. Given that 80% of all learning happens visually, an eye exam is one small step parents can take to ensure their children thrive at school. All children should have their eyes examined at age three and every year thereafter.
The BC government has taken an active role in ensuring vision isn’t an obstacle for children -- MSP fully covers all children 18 years and younger for annual eye examinations by an Optometrist.
Early diagnosis of vision disorders is in children is crucial. If left untreated beyond a critical age, some conditions can result in permanent visual disabilities. Basic vision conditions, such as, farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia) or astigmatism, as well as crossed (strabismus) or lazy eyes (amblyopia), must be detected and treated during early childhood years. There are many other eye conditions that can affect your child’s ability to use his or her eyes efficiently, that can only be detected by a binocular vision exam. Based on the findings of this exam, your child may require special glasses or even vision therapy to be able to use their eyes without difficulty or headaches/ eye strain. Don’t let your child’s undetected vision problems disrupt their ability to learn.
A vision screening at school or the pediatrician’s office is NOT a thorough eye exam. An eye exam by an eye doctor is the only way to determine if your child’s eyes are growing and functioning as they should.
Both Optomeyes and the Canadian Optometric Association recommend that children receive a complete eye exam every year.