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How Often Should Your Child Get an Eye Exam?

FYidoctors Blog | How Often Should Your Child Get an Eye Exam?

How old were you when you had your first eye exam? Vision problems are common among school-aged kids and can often go undetected without regularly taking children to the eye doctor. When issues with a child’s sight are left untreated, it can affect their ability to excel in and out of school.

If your little one cannot see clearly, they will not be able to learn to their full potential. Tasks like seeing what a teacher writes on a whiteboard, completing homework assignments and reading books will be harder — which can also potentially cause your child to lose confidence. Not only will it be a challenge for your kid to perform well in school, but activities like after-school sports or even playing outside in your backyard are more difficult if your child can’t see well.

 

Warning Signs

Pay attention to your little one’s behaviour. If he or she exhibits the following signs, consider scheduling an eye exam for your child:

 

Common Eye Problems

There are a variety of vision conditions that can affect your child. However, regular examinations with your kid’s eye doctor will help detect these issues and create a plan to treat and monitor conditions.

 

Be Proactive

As vision problems among children often go undetected without proper eye examinations, the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) suggests your child should have their first eye exam at six months. This initial exam should be followed by regular eye check-ups annually, continued through to adulthood. The CAO also urges pediatricians to recommend that all children receive eye examinations at these intervals. For school-aged children with healthy vision, optometrists typically propose scheduling eye exams at a frequency of every two years.

 

To learn more about your child’s vision health, read this article and be sure to book your kid’s next eye exam at an FYidoctors location near you.