_____ Did you know that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems?
Despite the fact that yearly eye exams are covered by OHIP for children up to 20 years old, many preschool and school age children are not receiving adequate professional eye and vision care.
The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less negative impact it will have on a child’s development. Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s learning, participation in sports and other childhood activities.
_____ A vision examination for children
Your child’s eyes require a vision examination just like adults. A vision screening or limited pre-school physical doesn’t provide enough information to know if your child is experiencing vision problems.
An age appropriate eye and vision examination of a pre-school child would generally include the following:
Patient and family history
Visual acuity measurement
Assessment of refractive status
Evaluation of ocular motility, binocular vision and accommodative function
Ocular health examination
Optomap imaging is offered at a reduced fee for children ages 7 to 19
When appropriate, supplemental testing of visual perceptual development may be provided
At Merivale Vision Care, we are equipped to examine infants and school age children. We ensure kids feel comfortable and have a great experience!
_____ How can I prepare for my child’s eye exam?
We see a large number of children at our clinic and often schedule entire families together. Here is an easy list for you to review prior to bringing them in for their eye exam.