CHILDREN'S EYE CARE

Your doctor of Optometry recommends a child’s first eye exam between 6 to 12 months of age.  Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years. Our optometrists at Romin optical are trained to provide a thorough eye exam for your child while putting them at ease.

A pediatric eye exam is very similar to an adult eye exam but simplified to allow the child to understand and participate.   Pictures and toys will be used to put your child at ease.

The Canadian Optometric Association states that a comprehensive eye exam will include the following:

  • A review of the child's health and vision history.
  • Tests for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, color perception, lazy eye, crossed-eyes, eye coordination, depth perception and focusing ability.
  • Overall assessment of ocular health

There is more to vision than being able to see.  Optometrists at Romin optical will check your child’s vision as well as their ability to use both eyes together, and health of their eyes.   We will ensure that the visual development of your child is on track and within normal limits.

Children rarely complain about eye problems.  The best way is to ensure they have an annual eye exam.  However, some signs that could indicated problems are:

  • If, when you look at your child, you notice that one eye is not aligned.
  • Your child has trouble focusing or squints a lot.
  • Your child holds books too close or loses their place when reading.
  • Your child turns or tilts their head when they want to look at something.
  • Your child covers an eye when stepping into sunlight.
  • One of your child's eyes is whiter and brighter than the other eye in a picture taken head on.
  • Your child moves to the front of the classroom to see the blackboard better.

There is more to vision than 20/20.  A comprehensive eye exam will not only test your child’s ability to read the “eye chart” but it will also test their entire visual system as well as their ocular health.  Vision screenings should not be misconstrued as a comprehensive eye exam.

According to Canadian Optometric Association (COA), 80% of all learning during a child's first 12 years is visually based, therefore a comprehensive eye examination is essential to provide the full assurance of vision and eye health that a simple eye-chart test or a vision screening cannot.

Did you know that only 14% of Canadian children under the age of six have had an eye exam with an optometrist?

The Canadian Association of Optometrist (CAO) recommends annual comprehensive eye exams for children 6-19 years of age.

Children 19 years of age or younger qualify for a full eye exam once every 12 months.  They may also be seen for as many follow up visits as is indicated by your optometrist.

Myopia

Also known as near sightedness, myopia causes blurry vision at distance while vision at near is clear.  This usually results from a long eyeball or too much plus power in the eye.  Myopia is corrected using minus lenses and is one of the most common prescriptions seen.

Hyperopia

Also known as far sightedness, hyperopia causes blurry vision at near while vision at distance is usually clear.  This commonly results from a short eyeball or not enough plus power in the eye.  Hyperopia is corrected using plus lenses.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is when the cornea is shaped like a cylinder instead of being perfectly round.  This causes blurry vision at both distance and near.  Astigmatism is corrected using special cylindrical lenses.

Amblyopia

Also commonly known as “lazy eye” is a condition in which your child cannot see 20/20 with their corrective lenses. This condition can be corrected over time based on a treatment recommended by your optometrist.

Strabismus

As condition in which your child’s eye turns in or out.  This condition has many treatments including surgical correction.  Our optometrists at Romin optical will recommend the best course of treatment for your child.

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