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Children’s Eye Exams in London, ON

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Children’s Vision Is Tied to Their Development

As children grow and develop, so do their eyes. About 80% of what they learn is through their vision with tasks like reading, writing, and copying from the board.

Children can develop eye conditions, such as myopia, affecting their learning. We offer myopia control treatment options to help your child succeed inside and outside of the classroom.

Contact us today to book an exam for your child.

Children’s Eye Exam Frequency

To protect your child’s vision, staying on track with a regular eye exam schedule is important. The recommended frequency for a child’s eye exam is:

  • At least 1 exam between 6–9 months old
  • At least 1 exam between 2–5 years old
  • Every year from ages 6–19 years old

Please note that this is a guideline to follow, but your doctor will recommend an eye exam frequency depending on your child’s vision risks.

Children & Myopia Control

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common refractive error in children and is often seen in children whose parents also have myopia

Myopia is categorized by an elongation of the eye, and there are many myopia control and management treatments that children can implement to help their myopia and slow its progression. These include:

In addition to these treatment methods, there is research that suggests that children spending more time outside can also help slow down the rate of myopia progression.

Signs of a Vision Problem

If your child is experiencing vision problems, such as myopia, amblyopia, hyperopia, or strabismus, they may not know how to express differences in their sight. In this case, there are some common signs of a vision problem that you may want to look out for. 

If your child is constantly experiencing any or all of these signs, it could mean they are having problems with their sight:

  • Watery eyes
  • Crusty eyes
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Frequent eye infections
  • Abnormal amount of blinking
  • Reacting to light
  • Frequent headaches
  • Eyes turned in, out, or up
  • Squinting
  • Turning or tilting their head 
  • Poor posture
  • Holding objects up to their face to see
  • Poor handwriting or drawing skills
  • Trouble copying words down
  • Trouble with reading, writing, or spelling

The Eye See…Eye Learn Program

Forest City Optometry is proud to participate in the Eye See…Eye Learn program. This provincially administered government program is designed to ensure that all junior kindergarten children in Ontario can get a comprehensive eye exam with a local, participating optometrist before they begin grade 1. The cost of the exam is covered by OHIP.

Children that need glasses are provided with a pair in their prescription free of charge. Contact our team today to learn more.

Understand Your Child’s Vision

Your child’s vision is so important for their growth and development as they age, and even young children can develop vision problems and conditions.

Book an eye exam for your child and understand their vision health.

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