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!
Eye health is crucial to the development of children. Over 70% of learning is visual, and your children do virtually nothing but learn, continuously, for the first few years of their lives. Undiagnosed vision problems can lead to antisocial behaviour, poor school performance and issues with self-confidence.
Vision problems in children are not uncommon, but eye exams are crucial as they tell us exactly what the problem is, and we know how to treat them.
It is recommended that children receive eye exams at six months old, three years old and annually from kindergarten onwards. These help build up a complete understanding of their eye health and any problem areas. However, there are some signs you can look for at home if it has been a while since their last exam.
Many children become anxious about their eye exams; here at Chestermere, we pride ourselves on helping the kids feel at home in our practice. We talk about the interesting technologies we use, or explain fascinating features of the human eye. Once the child is engaged and no longer anxious, the exams can be become fun and enjoyable.