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Signs of Child Vision Problems

February 15, 2016

Everyone has a vision of what children’s eye problems look like according to WebMD – squinting, sitting too close to the television, rubbing their eyes. Yet sometimes there are no signs your child isn’t seeing well.

In the first few months of life, infants can only see clearly objects that are 8 to 10 inches from their face. It isn’t until 12 to 16 weeks that their eyesight begins improving, and they start seeing things more clearly and further away. Over the next year, children then develop depth perception, eye-body coordination, eye-hand coordination, and the ability to judge distances. Vision problems tend to emerge between 18 months and 4 years old. The American Optometric Association recommend a full screening at age 3.

Common concerns include a crossed or wandering eye, which troubles 3% to 5% of children. Symptoms include an eye that drifts or appears crossed in respect to the other eye. Uneven focus, where one eye is more farsighted than the other, affects 2% to 3% of kids. This vision problem is the hardest to detect, because young children don’t know their vision is compromised.

Warning signs and symptoms may eye problems include:

  • Eye rubbing
  • Tearing
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Pus
  • Crust
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Bulging or jiggly eyes
  • Droopy eyelids
  • White, yellow, or gray-white material in the pupil

If your child has any of these symptoms, or their eyes change in any way, or you’re worried about their vision, don’t wait until they’re 3 years old to get that first vision test. According to the Alberta Association of Optometrists, 25 per cent of children begin grade one with an undiagnosed vision or eye health problem, which can interfere with their ability to learn during their first critical years in school.

Through the Eye See…Eye Learn® program, Doctors of Optometry detect, diagnose and treat eye health problems in children as they enter the school system. Alberta Health Care already covers the cost of comprehensive eye exams for all children in the province between the ages of 0 and 19. This program takes that one step further by providing free eyeglasses to kindergarten students who need a prescription.

To participate:

  1. Find a participating Doctor of Optometry near you and book your child’s appointment.
  2. Take your child in for a comprehensive eye examination, which is covered by Alberta Health Care. (Make sure you have your child’s Alberta health card with you).
  3. Kindergarten students will receive a free pair of eyeglasses, if required. The glasses are covered by a one year manufacturer’s warranty.

At Londonderry Eye Care, we understand the value of good vision – if your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning disability, be sure to have his or her eyes examined by an eye doctor. To book an eye exam in Edmonton, call Londonderry Eye Care at 780–476-7631 today!

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!