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Children’s Eye Exams in Oshawa, ON

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Give Your Child a Strong Start with Comprehensive Eye Care

Children are continuously growing and changing, including their eyes. However, because children’s learning and development depend on their eyes as they interact and explore their world, eye problems can impact their quality of life.

Regular eye exams are an essential part of maintaining and protecting your child’s ocular health and vision. Many vision and ocular health conditions can develop without noticeable symptoms, leading to increased risk if they’re not diagnosed and treated early.

When to Take Your Child for Eye Exams

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following exam schedule for children based on their age. The eye exam process will differ based on the developmental stage of your child.

Children should receive their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months.

Your baby’s eyes develop exponentially within their first 6 months of life. By the time they’re 6 months old, they will have acquired eye movement control and hand-eye coordination skills. An eye exam at this time will look for common childhood eye conditions, like strabismus and amblyopia.

Our optometrists are experienced with family eye care. We use various child-friendly methods to evaluate your child’s ocular health and vision.

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 should have at least one eye exam before entering school.

These are important developmental years when your child will continue to improve their hand-eye coordination and gain added depth perception. An eye exam will discover potential vision problems or eye diseases, which require treatment and management before your child enters school.

Activities like building blocks, assembling puzzles, painting, drawing, or sorting items for size and colour are great for helping your child with their visual development.

School-age children should undergo annual eye exams. Your child will constantly use their eyes during these years, from school to play to extracurricular activities.

Your child will depend on several visual skills to help them interact and understand the world and succeed academically and socially. If your child’s visual skills are impaired, their learning and development will be impacted detrimentally.

If your child begins to develop visual or ocular issues, their eyes will adjust to compensate. This means your child may not be aware of the problems because they think how they’re seeing is normal. Undiagnosed and uncorrected vision problems can lead to headaches, fatigue, difficulty staying focused or concentrating in school, among others.

Even if your child’s eyes seem healthy and their eyesight stable, they should receive annual eye exams to diagnose and manage potential issues before damage occurs.

Symptoms to Look For

They may be subtle, but you can watch for some signs that may indicate that your child has a visual problem. These include:

  • An eye that turns in or out
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Squinting, rubbing, or covering one or both eyes
  • Excessive blinking
  • Red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • An inability to concentrate
  • Irritability or short attention span
  • Hold objects too close
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Avoiding books or TV
  • Headaches

If you notice your child exhibiting these symptoms, please book them for an eye exam as soon as possible.

Eye See… Eye LearnⓇ Program

If your child is looking for new glasses before they start junior kindergarten, the Eye See… Eye Learn ProgramⓇ can help!

Eye See… Eye LearnⓇ is a program designed to help provide a complimentary pair of glasses to children that need them so that they are set up for success for their journey into school. The program is available for children born in 2015 and is taking place between July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Combine this fantastic opportunity with your child’s annual eye exam covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, and give them the sight they deserve before they start school!

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Where to Find Us

You can find us on the corner of Colborne Street and Kaiser Crescent.

Our Address

109 Colborne St W
Oshawa, ON L1G 1L8

Contact Information

Phone: 1 (905) 723-2721
[email protected]

Our Hours

8:30 AM5 PM
8:30 AM5 PM
8:30 AM5 PM
8:30 AM5 PM
8:30 AM4 PM

Please note: We Are Closed December 25th, December 26th, & January 1st. Happy Holidays!

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