When should children first be seen by an optometrist?
If you suspect your child has an eye problem, please bring him or her in immediately. Dr. Venn and Dr. Hannington are comfortable examining babies and children of any age.
The experts recommend that children have routine eye examinations at the following ages:
- a baby’s first eye exam should be at age 6 months
- then at age 2
- before starting school and then every year throughout childhood and through the teen years
OHIP covers a yearly eye exam for all children to the age of 19
How can you test my child’s eyes if he/she is not able to read letters or speak yet?
Much of the testing that is done requires little input from the child. The child’s eye exam is focused on assessment of the strength of the eyes, eye muscle status, and eye health to ensure proper vision development. Useful information can be obtained about your child’s eyes without them needing to say a word!
What are symptoms that may indicate my child is having a vision problem?
Many eye disorders have no symptoms. Children may appear to see normally while struggling with a serious eye problem. Children typically don’t complain about their vision because they assume they are normal and everyone sees the way they do. Parents, teachers and family doctors are often not able to detect serious eye problems in children. That’s why regular eye exams are so important for children.
If you notice any of the following in your children, take them to an optometrist as soon as possible.
- eyes that look different in photographs
- rubbing eyes
- turning or tilting the head
- losing their place while reading, or using a finger to follow along
- eyes that wander or cross
- red eyes
- complaints of difficulty seeing, blurred vision or double vision