Hindsight is 20/20 and we’d like your child’s vision to be the same.

Like we’ve said before, optometrists play a vital role in the health of you and your family. Accessing and correcting issues with vision, optometrists often diagnose an array of medical issues relating to your ocular health. For children who are still developing, assessing and maintaining eye health is critically important. Catching possible problems early in development can make a huge difference in your child’s life, and long-term vision and health.

How poor vision can negatively impact your child

Seeing clearly directly impacts a child’s ability to focus, learn and to retain information throughout their education. Your child is developing and learning about their world, and 80% of learning is visual. Their vision impacts their success. Ensuring your child can see clearly ensures they can reach their full potential in school and in life.

How old should my child be before getting their first eye exam?

Eye care specialists recommend exams from 6 months of age annually until the age of 19. In Ontario eye examinations are covered under OHIP until your child turns 20 years old. This makes seeing a Toronto optometrist more accessible for all Ontario children and enables earlier diagnosis and treatment if necessary.

What if my child doesn’t have vision problems- do they still need an eye exam?

YES! Your child may not even be aware that they are having issues with their eyesight because that is what they have always experienced. If the world was continually foggy and you had never seen a clear day, you wouldn’t realize it until the fog lifted. Children may be unaware that their vision is not what it should be. That is why often problems aren’t realized until a child is having problems at school.

Why is it important to have regular eye exams?

If you take your child for an exam and it is fine you may think they don’t need to be re-evaluated, but yearly exams and regular check-ups are important for the same reason as outlined on our adult eye exam page- to achieve optimal health and vision. This is even more critical for children as some vision issues can be corrected permanently if treated and modified at an earlier age. While your child is still growing and developing it is easier to correct vision. School aged children and older have most likely completed their vision development so if issues arise that require correction beyond eyewear, the chances of successfully doing so are reduced.

For this reason, it is crucial to start your child’s eye exams at a young age on a regular basis.

What you can expect from our comprehensive eye exams

Our eye exams include:

Visual acuity and refractive status assessment

Visual acuity refers to how clear your vision is. Clarity of vision is affected by both optical and neural factors including: the retinal focus within the eye, the health and functioning of the retina and the brain’s interpretation of what it is seeing. During your exam we determine how light is refracted in your eye and perform a complete refractive assessment because how your eye refracts light determines how clear your vision will be. Too high or too low refractive error (ametropia) is the cause of nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). By testing for these issues and astigmatism vision correction can be achieved through eyeglasses, contact lenses or laser surgery.

Binocular assessment

to determine how your two eyes work together as a team.

Accommodative assessment

to determine how your eyes focus up close and far away during prolonged periods of reading and computer use.

Pupil assessment

to evaluate how your pupil reacts to light and to determine if there are physiological anomalies that might be an indication of other health conditions such as nerve palsy and Horner’s syndrome.

Extra-ocular muscle function test

to measure the function of the muscles that help your eyes move in all directions.

Cover test

by using this test we can access misalignment in the eyes (whether they are straight at rest) to detect early and advanced stages of eye turns (strabismus), or phoric disorders such as heterophoria and improper binocular postures.

Visual field assessment

to test your peripheral vision.

Intraocular pressure test

measures the pressure inside your eyes for indications of glaucoma or other disorders which lead to elevated eye pressure.

Complete assessment of the anterior segment of your eyes

using a microscope we determine if there any corneal or other anterior segment diseases or other inflammatory eye disease or infections.

Posterior segment disease

This test is typically done through the dilation of the pupil with drops to examine the retina, the optic nerve and the other structures at the back of the eye.

Retinal imaging with a state of the art Optomap

These modalities provide information about anatomical and functional changes in the retina with high resolution. By using cutting edge digital retinal scans we can provide a complete assessment and document or map the health of your retina and how it changes over time.

Have questions or concerns about your child’s eye health?

We’re here to help! Contact us today or make an appointment for a pediatric eye exam.

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