CHILDREN'S EYE EXAMS

Taking Care of Your Child’s Eye Sight

Did you know that the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends children have their first comprehensive eye exam by 6 months of age? This is because it is important that any potential sight-threatening condition be caught early to prevent blindness and to allow your child’s vision to achieve its maximum potential.

Eye exams should be performed yearly until age 18.

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Vision Checklist for Young Children:

Appearance of the Eyes

 One eye turns in, out, up or down at any time
 Reddened eyes or eyelids
 Eyes tear excessively
 Excessive blinking
 Rubs eyes frequently during or after short periods of visual activity

Behavioural Signs of Visual Problems:

 Squints, closes or covers one eye
 Tilts head while doing activities that are near (50cm away from eyes)
 Feels objects rather than looking at objects
 Avoids looking at books and puzzles, prefers toys they can handle
 Holds books too close to face or holds face too close to desk surface
 Sits very close to the TV (when repeatedly moved back)
 Coloring: cannot stay within the lines (age dependent) or ignores the lines when coloring


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