With more than 80% of all learning during a child’s first 12 years being visual, it's incredibly important to ensure that their eyes remain as healthy as possible. Your optometrist can provide a wealth of information about kids’ ocular well-being during a complete vision exam, but being as informed as possible will ensure your young one’s sight is healthy all year round.
Below are helpful resources you can turn to for complete information on your child's vision health:
If you're looking for information about your child's health that's simple and easy to understand, then KidsHealth.org may be your best bet. The site has great information on children's health, behaviour, and development. If you're looking for info on eye health in particular, you'll also find plenty of advice and great articles.
The CNIB’s (formerly the Canadian National Institute for the Blind) website is full of resources for both parents and kids. Featuring articles on eye health, safety, and tips for recognizing the signs of vision problems in your child, there's plenty of information to keep your kid's sight happy and healthy.
One of the country’s most respected vision care organizations, the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), has an entire section dedicated to children’s eye health. It features a wide range of articles, tips, and videos for parents compiled by some of the top medical professionals in Canada.
A decent resource for information on any stage in a child’s life, ParentsCanada Magazine keeps you up-to-date with common issues that affect children, and offers a collection of related articles from professionals providing advice and guidance.
Although this is an American-based organization, it is home to an immense amount of info for and about kids, including some fun stuff for kids to engage with to learn more about vision. Highlights found on the site include optical illusions to try, info on first aid tips, and a glossary of the visual system.
These resources are helpful to widen your knowledge of children’s eye health, but if you have specific questions about your child’s vision it’s best to book an eye exam. To do so, contact an FYidoctors near you.