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. In fact, more than 80% of learning is done through the eyes and one in six children has a vision problem significant enough to affect their learning. Children with poor vision may be misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioural disability.
An eye examination of your child will include:
- A review of your child’s health and vision history
- Tests for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, colour vision, amblyopia (lazy eye), crossed eyes, eye coordination, depth perception, and focusing ability
- An eye health examination
If your child is experiencing trouble with reading, spelling, handwriting, headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, and near work avoidance, this may be an indication of binocular vision or visual processing dysfunction and your optometrist may recommend vision therapy.
Children’s eye examinations are covered by OHIP until 20 years of age.
If medical or surgical care is needed your optometrist may refer your child to CHEO for further evaluation.
Make your child’s first test an eye exam!
Eye See…Eye Learn
Eye See…Eye Learn is a not-for-profit program designed to detect, diagnose and treat children with vision problems when they begin junior kindergarten, so that every child can see and learn to the best of his/her ability. The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and the Government of Ontario are pleased to bring this program, in conjunction with your school board and industry partners, OGI and Nikon Lenswear.
The program provides a free pair of glasses and lenses to any kindergarten student who is identified as requiring them.
eyeDOCS is happy to partner with Eye See…Eye Learn to provide and fit the OGI glasses and Nikon lenses.