Every year, your child needs an eye exam

Many kids don’t complain about vision problems because they think everyone sees like them. Teachers who work with young children often detect their students’ vision problems before their own parents. At home, parents see the progression of these problems at a gradual rate, and they often don’t have a room full of kids to compare their child to. 

Here are some common symptoms of eye problems in school. Teachers should notice this in the classroom, and parents can watch for some of these at home, too.

  • Squinting
  • Inching desk forward
  • Constantly walking up to the board to read
  • Moving around furniture in the room to get a better view
  • Saying out loud that they can’t see, or asking what something very obvious is 

We want youngsters to see friends down the hall, recognize a familiar pet greeting them, and play safe in sports and on the playground. We want them to have every opportunity to learn about the world around them. Every child should have an eye exam before the age of 3. They should see an optometrist once per year (psst! Alberta Health Care covers that!).

Teens and Contact Lenses

If your child has healthy eyes, they are motivated, can follow instruction and can be trusted to take care of them, than we can teach almost anyone to wear and take care of contact lenses.

Contact lenses will not make their vision worse, and they will not become lost behind their eyes. Contact lenses can in fact be a safe and healthy addition or alternative to eyeglasses when worn responsibly. They are great for children who are heavily involved in sports, drama classes, or are hard on their eyeglasses.

For many children 1-Day disposable contact lenses may be a great alternative to conventional 2-week or 1-month disposable contacts lenses. There is no cleaning, no solutions, and no dirty lens cases to clean. If they accidentally lose or tear a contact lens, it’s no big deal, just grab a fresh one.

If your child is excited to try contact lenses, please book them in for an eye health examination and contact lenses fitting with one of our optometrists. 

eye-bar carries 1-Day disposable trial contact lenses by Ciba Vision, Acuvue, Cooper Vision and Bausch & Lomb.

Image via: Ciba Vision

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Eye Exams for Kids

Has your child had their first eye exam yet? If not, schedule your child in for a check-up this summer. Eye exams are fast, fun and painless. A comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist will check your child’s visual acuity, binocularity (how the two eyes work together) as well as the overall health of their eyes. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t yet know their A-B-C’s, the optometrists at eye-bar have other ways of determining what your child can see.

Good vision is important for children to be able to succeed at school. It is estimated that 1 in 4 children starting kindergarten may have an undetected vision problem. According to the Alberta Association of Optometrists and Alberta Health Care however, only 1 in 5 Alberta children receives an eye exam before starting school.

At eye-bar we believe in good vision and encourage all of our patients to book their children in for an annual eye exam before starting school in the fall. Give your child every opportunity at success.

Signs that your child may have a vision problem

  • Squinting
  • Rubbing their eyes
  • Headaches
  • Tired feeling eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Holding books too close
  • Losing their place when reading
  • Avoiding near activities
  • Excessive hyperactivity
  • Lower grades at school

Did you know?

  • Alberta Health Care covers children for an annual eye exam
  • Alberta Health Care covers children for eye infections and other visual concerns
  • Children should have their first eye exam by 6 months of age
  • Children should start receiving annual eye exams by age 3
  • eye-bar participates in the Eye See…Eye Learn program

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