A common misconception is that children need to be able to read in order to have their eyes checked. In fact, we recommend that your child have their first eye examination at the age of 6 months. Your child’s vision is essential in developing skills such as reading, writing, hand-eye coordination, and social skills. Did you know more than 80% of learning is done through the eyes? Children with poor vision may be misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioural disability.
Regular eye exams for children are extremely important. The visual system is constantly developing in children of a younger age and it's very important that any interferences or problems are corrected early to ensure optimal vision in the child’s later years.
Children are also often more responsive to treatment when they are diagnosed with a condition early. The perfect time to have your child's eyes examined is before school starts. At times a child may not even realize they have a vision problem and overlook talking to their parents, so it's important for parents communicate with their children and the Optometrist about any changes in a child's vision.
During a child’s eye examination, one of our friendly optometrists will check for conditions especially common in childhood including lazy eye and cross eye syndrome. Children’s eye examinations are covered by OHIP until they are 20 years old.
Some signs of a vision related problem include headaches, rubbing of the eyes and overall difficulty reading. Often times kids who are struggling in school end up just needing to get their vision corrected. Once they can properly see, their success in school improves immensely. Book an eye examination for your child this school year with Dr. David Bond & Associates Optometrists in Barrie, Ontario!