Eighty per cent of classroom learning is visual which makes the beginning of the school year an excellent time for a comprehensive eye exam. Your optometrist can identify vision problems and treatment options to help students reach their full potential. Children who have trouble seeing can encounter difficulties at school because their motor skills, social development, attention span and ability to read, write and learn may be affected.
Some conditions such as lazy eye are most effectively treated at a young age. The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that every child have their first eye exam at 6 months of age to ensure proper vision development, again at 2 to 3, and subsequently every year thereafter. Contact your optometrist if you have concerns about your child's vision or notice any of the following behaviour:
- Does not make eye contact
- Closes or covers one eye
- Squints or frowns when looking far or near
- Rubs or touches their eye(s) a lot
- Blinks more than usual
- Reacts strongly to light
- Turns or tilts head when viewing objects
- Trips, falls or bumps into things often.
OHIP covers annual eye exams by an optometrist or physician for anyone under the age of 20 so why not call your optometrist today?
- Beginning January 1, 2018, Ontario will provide free prescription drug coverage for children and youth aged 24 and under, regardless of family income.
- One in four school-aged children has an undetected vision problem that is affecting their learning.
- Only 11.5 per cent of children under the age of 4 and 22.6 per cent of children under the age of 6 have ever been to an optometrist for an eye exam.