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The Most Important Reason Children Should Get Regular Eye Exams

January 11, 2018

Why should young children get regular eye exams?

You have probably heard that is it important for all children to receive regular eye exams from as young as six months old. But do you know why?

Baby with large glasses on

Vision affects a child’s performance in school.

Your child’s vision affects their daily activities in a big way, especially their school performance. A quarter of school aged children – and even up to ten percent of preschoolers – have vision problems. Since so much of learning is visual (for example, reading what is on the board), issues with vision can greatly disadvantage students early in life.

Child using a tablet

Furthermore, young children are now using devices with screens, such as smart phones and tablets. This increased technology use has been correlated with increased rates of myopia (near-sightedness) and myopia progression, leading some eye experts to speculate that technology is causing diminished vision acuity and perhaps more significant issues in the long run.

Comprehensive eye exams can detect serious vision conditions.

There is a range of vision problems that could interfere with a child’s learning, and a comprehensive eye exam will test for more than just vision acuity. It can detect conditions such as lazy eye, color blindness, difficulties with depth perception, and misalignment of the eyes, in addition to more serious problems like glaucoma, detached retinas, or macular degeneration.

Young girl trying on new glasses

Having your child’s eyes checked on a regular basis is the key to detecting these problems early so that they can be treated as soon as possible. The earlier that most of these issues are treated, the easier and more effective the treatment. Children should receive their first comprehensive eye exam at six months old and then at least once a year until the age of eighteen.

At Londonderry Eye Care in Edmonton, Alberta, our optometrists are experts in performing children’s eye exams in a way that is comfortable and fun for your child. Book an appointment today, or call us for more information about children’s eye health.

In light of the pandemic situation currently affecting Canada, we wish to advise you that our stores can only offer urgent care services at this time.

We are committed to your vision and your health, so we would like to advise you that we are available, by appointment only, if you have an eye care emergency please contact using our contact form or calling 780-476-7631.

In the event of an ocular emergency, breakage of your glasses or loss of contact lenses, please call and leave us a detailed message with your name and contact information. Messages will be checked every 48 hrs. We will then contact you to evaluate the situation and make an appointment if necessary.

If you are expecting the delivery of your purchase of glasses or contact lenses, we will contact you as soon as we receive them in order to evaluate the best delivery option for you.

If you have an eye emergency but have travelled in the last 14 days or if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and breathing difficulties, or if you have been in contact with someone at risk, you should contact Health Link 811. Our phones and office will be open for emergencies only from 12pm - 3pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as of March 20th, to leave a message press *221

We wish you continued good health and thank you for your understanding.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

In light of the pandemic situation currently affecting Canada, we wish to advise you that our stores can only offer urgent care services at this time.

We are committed to your vision and your health, so we would like to advise you that we are available, by appointment only, if you have an eye care emergency please contact using our contact form or calling 780-476-7631.

In the event of an ocular emergency, breakage of your glasses or loss of contact lenses, please call and leave us a detailed message with your name and contact information. Messages will be checked every 48 hrs. We will then contact you to evaluate the situation and make an appointment if necessary.

If you are expecting the delivery of your purchase of glasses or contact lenses, we will contact you as soon as we receive them in order to evaluate the best delivery option for you.

If you have an eye emergency but have travelled in the last 14 days or if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and breathing difficulties, or if you have been in contact with someone at risk, you should contact Health Link 811. Our phones and office will be open for emergencies only from 12pm - 3pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as of March 20th, to leave a message press *221

We wish you continued good health and thank you for your understanding.

We look forward to seeing you soon!