Young children with vision problems don't know that things they look at are actually different from the way they see it. Vision accounts for 80% of all learning in a child's first 12 years. One in six children between the ages of 5 to 12 years has vision problems that can affect reading and learning ability.
Children who cannot see the board, focus on a picture or follow words in a book may struggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact their hand-eye coordination for physical activities and even impact their social development.
Certain vision problems are treated with more success during the growth and development of a child's visual system. By the time a child reaches school age, the visual system is well-developed. A delayed eye examination at this point in a child’s growth could spell trouble.
At Old South Optometry we recommend:
an initial eye examination no later than age three
annual exams after age three
Our doctors are experienced in comprehensive family eye care. We use age-appropriate testing materials and equipment to assess a child’s vision at any age. We are also proud to be a member of the Eye See…Eye Learn® program.
Eye See…Eye Learn® provides comprehensive eye exams by participating local optometrists to junior kindergarten students across Ontario. The eye exams are covered under provincial health insurance (or OHIP) when you show your child’s health card. This means that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam. For children in the Eye See…Eye Learn program who require eyeglasses, coverage for the costs is provided.
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