Our clinic is equipped to perform a complete assessment of your child’s eyes. The Canadian Association of Optometrists strongly recommends a visual examination of the eyes by the age of three. This allows the early detection of any potential visual issues which could become permanent. Children in ‘high risk groups’ such as those with a turned eye, lazy eye or strong prescription, warrant particular attention with respect to early examination.
We encourage you to talk to your child about some of the following before the eye exam in order for both, them and you, to feel more comfortable during the examination. Eye exams are an important part of maintaining overall health. Even if a child cannot read, they should have an eye exam with the Optometrist. It is recommended that a child’s first eye exam be done before the age of 3 and annually when they start school.
UV Protection: A Must for Children
- The average child receives three times the annual UV exposure of an adult
- There is 7.5 times more UVR getting through the lens inside a child’s eye to their retina than an adult’s.
- At age 10, 10.75% of UVR is transmitted through a child’s lens as compared to 10% at age 30
- Damage from UVR is cumulative