Dr. Aujla and Dr. Delhon love to take care of your kids’ eyes!
According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, your child should have an eye exam at the following ages:
This is a general guideline and may not be the right fit for your child. If you suspect issues with your child’s eyes, you should book an appointment right away. Then, your optometrist can recommend the right eye exam schedule for your child’s needs.
Eye exams are tailored to your child’s age, development, and language abilities. Your optometrist will do everything they can to make sure your child is comfortable during the exam, while ensuring their eye health.
Eye exams for infants are more subjective because babies cannot communicate what they see. Your optometrist will test your baby’s eye health and development by assessing their eyes’:
Toddlers don’t need to know the alphabet to have an eye exam. Instead, your optometrist will measure their eye health and vision in kid-friendly ways using symbols and shapes. Exams for toddlers can include:
These tests help your optometrist detect vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They also help detect coordination issues like lazy eyes or crossed eyes.
Once your child begins school, they should have an eye exam once a year. Annual eye exams help ensure vision problems that could affect their learning are caught early.
Eye exams for school-aged children include many of the same tests as eye exams for infants and toddlers do. The main difference is your optometrist will ask your child more questions about their vision, similar to an eye exam for adults. Other tests help to measure:
Oftentimes, children have difficulty communicating or even understanding that they have a vision problem. One study found that almost a third of children with nearsightedness don’t get the diagnosis and glasses they need.
As a parent, you can watch for the following signs that could indicate a vision or eye health issue:
If you notice any of these issues with your child’s eyes, it’s time to book an eye exam.
Come visit our beautiful optometry clinic located in the heart of Sherwood Park, just east of Edmonton. We are easily accessible off of Bethel Drive, north of Baseline Road.
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Alberta Health Care covers eye exams for children 18 and under and seniors 65 and over for a basic eye exam. Adults between the ages of 19 and 64 are covered for medically necessary visits by Alberta Health Care.