Let Your Child’s Eyes Do the Talking

There are plenty of reasons why children’s eye exams are incredibly important, particularly in their early years. One is that if they experience any problems with their vision, they may not be capable of telling anyone about it, or perhaps they will consider their impairment normal – after all, they don’t have any frame of reference telling them otherwise!

Over 80% of learning is visual, and your children are constantly learning. Undiagnosed vision problems can lead to antisocial behaviour, poor school performance, and issues with self-confidence.

Vision problems in children are common, so eye exams are crucial, as they tell us exactly what the problem is, so we can treat it.

We Go to Great Lengths to Make Your Child Feel at Home

Many children become anxious about their eye exams. Here, at Chestermere Optometry, we pride ourselves on helping your kids feel at home in our practice. We talk about the interesting technologies we use, or explain fascinating features of the human eye. Once a child is engaged and no longer anxious, exams can become fun and enjoyable.

Diagnosing Vision Problems in Children

It is recommended that children receive eye exams at six months old, three years old, and annually from kindergarten onwards. These exams help build a complete understanding of their eye health and catch any problems that may arise. However, there are some signs you can look for between visits.

  • Infants
    • Constantly turning their heads to one side
    • Being easily startled when an object appears from their peripheral vision
    • Pupils do not look the same, particularly in photographs
    • Family history of lazy eye (amblyopia)
  • Pre-schoolers
    • A tendency to sit close to the TV, or hold a smartphone or book up against their face
    • Headaches
    • Frustration or difficulty doing close-up tasks
    • Favouring one eye when watching TV or reading
  • School age children
    • Headaches
    • Complaints of blurred vision
    • Reading comprehension difficulty
    • Using a finger to follow while reading (after 2nd grade) or losing their place
    • Trouble focusing in class
    • Drop in performance at school

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110 – 175 Chestermere Station Way
Chestermere, AB T1X 0A4

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Phone: 403-229-2020
Fax: 403-229-2032

Clinic Hours

Monday
9 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9 AM – 1 PM
/ 2 PM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday
11 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday
11 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday
9 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday
9 AM – 2 PM
Sunday
Closed

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