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Children’s Eye Exams in Guelph

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Eye Exams Help Set Your Child up For Success

You wear many different hats as a parent; a driver, a cook, a cleaner. You do a lot for your children, but spotting problems with their vision or eye health can be a challenge. You can help protect your child’s sight by having your child visit our team for regular comprehensive eye exams!

Since children can’t always effectively communicate when something is wrong, eye examinations are the best way to ensure your child’s eyes are developing normally. By spotting the early warning signs of vision and eye health problems, our doctors can take the steps necessary to preserve your child’s sight.

Our eye exams are easy, comfortable, and convenient. Please, book an appointment and give your child the eye care they deserve today!

What Your Child Should Expect During Their Eye Exam

Much like our adult and senior eye exams, we ensure our children’s exams are both comprehensive and enjoyable.

We understand that eye exams might be a little scary, particularly for young children, especially if they haven’t had one before. But our doctors and optometric assistants work closely with your child to ensure their eye exam experience is as comfortable and engaging as possible!

Once our doctors introduce themselves to you and your child, you both will be personally escorted to our exam room, where we’ll start by discussing your child’s personal and family health history, as well as review any vision or eye problems they may have.

Please feel free to ask questions. The more information you can provide, the better we can orientate the exam to best suit your child’s needs.

After our initial conversation, our doctors will test your child’s visual acuity; their ability to see shapes or letters, depending on their age. Conditions like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism can all affect your child’s visual acuity.

By using tried-and-tested tools that are comfortable for your child, like a Snellen eye chart together with a phoropter, we can determine the lens prescription they may need to see as clearly as possible.

Even though your child’s eyes are still growing, they aren’t immune to developing eye diseases and conditions that could permanently rob them of their vision. By using non-invasive technology, including fundus photography and optical coherence tomography, we can diagnose these issues and provide meaningful solutions and strategies to optimize your child’s sight.

At the end of the exam, our optometrists will discuss all of our findings with you and recommend a suitable management or treatment plan that best suits your child.

Eye exams are an excellent opportunity to teach your child about the importance of proper eye care. We never miss a chance to provide information your child can use to maintain their vision for years to come.

If your child requires glasses or contact lenses, we’ll have you visit our fantastic optometric assistants to find the right options for your child’s needs.

If your child is interested in contact lenses, we will schedule a contact lens fitting to determine which contacts are best suited for them. We can also teach your child how to correctly care for their contact lenses and how to safely insert and remove the lenses from their eyes.

Children’s Eye Exams Schedule

The First Eye Exam

The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recommends infants have their first eye appointment at 6 to 9 months of age. While your baby might not have fully developed vision at this age, early warning signs of eye conditions like strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) can start to appear.

Early detection is key to treating vision problems or managing symptoms, which is why this initial exam is so important.

The Second Eye Exam

The CAO suggests that children undergo their second eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5 years. At this age, your child is starting to develop essential skills related to their vision, including depth perception and hand-eye coordination.

By making sure these skills are developing correctly, you can help your child maintain their quality of life and help keep their vision clear and healthy as they grow up.

The CAO recommends school-aged children have their eyes examined annually.

Spot the Early Warning Signs

Eye care is especially important at a young age. As mentioned earlier, your child might not have the ability to communicate if they are experiencing problems with their vision.

Your child may be experiencing a vision problem if they:

  • Have red, itchy, or irritated eyes.
  • Tilt or otherwise reposition their head when they are watching television or reading.
  • Cover one eye to see objects at different distances.
  • Complain of frequent headaches.
  • Have trouble reading.

If your child is exhibiting these symptoms, you should schedule an eye exam for them as soon as possible. Conditions such as myopia or astigmatism can develop gradually and eventually harm your child’s vision permanently.

What Should Your Child Expect During Their Eye Exam?

Much like our adult and senior eye exams, we ensure our children’s exams are both comprehensive and enjoyable.

We understand that eye exams might be a little scary, particularly for young children, especially if they haven’t had one before. But our doctors and optometric assistants work closely with your child to ensure their eye exam experience is as comfortable and engaging as possible!

Once our doctors introduce themselves to you and your child, you both will be personally escorted to our exam room, where we’ll start by discussing your child’s personal and family health history, as well as review any vision or eye problems they may have.

Please feel free to ask questions. The more information you can provide, the better we can orientate the exam to best suit your child’s needs.

After our initial conversation, our doctors will test your child’s visual acuity; their ability to see shapes or letters, depending on their age. Conditions like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism can all affect your child’s visual acuity.

By using tried-and-tested tools that are comfortable for your child, like a Snellen eye chart together with a phoropter, we can determine the lens prescription they may need to see as clearly as possible.

Even though your child’s eyes are still growing, they aren’t immune to developing eye diseases and conditions that could permanently rob them of their vision. By using non-invasive technology, including fundus photography and optical coherence tomography, we can diagnose these issues and provide meaningful solutions and strategies to optimize your child’s sight.

At the end of the exam, our optometrists will discuss all of our findings with you and recommend a suitable management or treatment plan that best suits your child.

Eye exams are an excellent opportunity to teach your child about the importance of proper eye care. We never miss a chance to provide information your child can use to maintain their vision for years to come.

If your child requires glasses or contact lenses, we’ll have you visit our caring optometric assistants to find the right options for your child’s needs.

If your child is interested in contact lenses, we will schedule a contact lens fitting to determine which contacts are best suited for them. We can also teach your child how to correctly care for their contact lenses and how to safely insert and remove the lenses from their eyes.

OHIP & Your Child

Vision plays a vital role in your child’s development, which is why OHIP covers the cost of one comprehensive eye exam every year and any additional minor assessments your child might need up to and including age 19.

Book Your Child’s Eye Exam Today

There’s never been a better time to book your child for their next eye exam. Help set your child up for success. Book their next eye exam today!

Visit Us Today

Our office is conveniently located on College Ave West, right next door to the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and across the street from OVC Small Animal Clinic. We offer plenty of parking right in front of our clinic. To enter our parking lot, turn on to Borden St. and drive behind our building. You can then easily circle in front of the clinic to park!

Our Address

21 College Ave West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1R7

Contact Information

Phone: (519) 822-2710
Fax: (519) 822-7877
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