Vision is one of the most important senses for child development. Research shows that approximately 80% of learning is visual; however, 5-10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children may have a vision problem that, if left undetected, can affect their learning and development.
Young children cannot reliably detect or report vision problems and may assume that everyone sees the way they do. Thus, there often are not obvious signs or symptoms to indicate that your child has a vision problem.
Vision screenings do not always detect ocular problems and are not a reliable substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection and identification of vision problems is critical and helps with the treatment and correction of issues.
Check out our video to see what a baby’s first eye exam is like!
A pediatric eye exam will assess the presence of other internal and external health issues. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends infants have their first eye exam when they are between six and nine months old. They also recommend school-aged children undergo an eye exam annually. Fortunately, OHIP covers an annual eye exam for children up to 19 years old.
Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy is a proud participant of the Eye See… Eye Learn® program. This government-funded program provides a complimentary pair of glasses to junior kindergarten children who require a vision correction.
Dr. Kelly (Sung Hee) Lee is a residency-trained optometrist in vision therapy, rehabilitation, and pediatrics, and has extensive experience with infants and children’s eye exams.