Eye exams with an optometrist should be a normal part of any child’s medical schedule, along with their general check-ups and trips to the dentist. Hayden Optometric Inc. offers eye examinations for children of all ages.
Many parents don’t think eye exams are necessary until their child starts learning to read.
The truth is, vision plays a significant role in the way we learn almost everything. Eyesight impacts the way we learn to walk and talk. Plus, 80% of what a child learns in school is visual. In order to keep up with developmental milestones and educational standards, a child needs healthy vision.
According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the average child needs to have their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months. Your child should also have at least one eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5 years of age.
Once your child starts attending school, they’ll need to have their eyes examined annually.
It’s important to note that this exam schedule is a general guideline for low-risk children. Your optometrist is familiar with your child’s eyes, and therefore, is better equipped to recommend the right exam schedule for your child. You should always follow your optometrist’s recommendations.
Myopia (or nearsightedness) is becoming increasingly common in kids. What’s more, this condition is infamous for getting worse and worse. Without intervention, your child may have to rely on a heavy correction to see properly by the time they reach adulthood.
Myopia control is a special treatment that uses a variety of methods to relieve the eye strain that may be associated with myopia progression. Some methods have proven incredibly successful at; reducing myopia progression by up to 50%.
Hayden Optometric Inc. is pleased to offer myopia control services to our pediatric patients.