Making Your Child’s Vision a Priority

The Canadian Association of Optometrists has declared October Children’s Vision Month. In their words, “Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam helps detect vision issues at an early stage, improving treatment options.” That is why they recommend that a child’s first visit to the optometrist should be between six and nine months of age, the second visit at age three, the third just before he/she begins school, then annually thereafter until age 18.

Why Should my Baby Visit the Optometrist?

Will my Child Inherit my Eye Problems?

We know that many things that make us who we are can be inherited from our parents, hair and eye colour, facial features, height, or the lack thereof. Even some personality traits can be attributed to genetics, an easy going manner, or conversely, stubbornness, a love for reading or for taking apart and rebuilding things, a love of the outdoors. Other less desirable things can also be hereditary, such as arthritis, heart conditions or high blood pressure. But what about vision related problems? Can they also be inherited? Well, in some cases yes, but not necessarily.

Will you get your parent’s poor eyesight?

Making Children’s Eye Exams a Part of your Back to School Planning

Summer always seems to fly by so fast and the next thing you know, September is right around the corner and it’s already time to start getting your children ready to go back to school. But in the flurry of books and pencils, backpacks, crayons and calculators, making sure that their vision is up to par is every bit as important as assuring that they have enough binders. When was their last eye exam? Have they been squinting while watching TV or looking at a computer screen? Should you be scheduling an appointment with your optometrist?

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Astigmatism

This is an interesting subject in that the first misconception that needs to be cleared up is its name: Astigmatism, not a Stigmatism. The next thing you need to know is that it is not an eye disease, it is a refractive error similar to nearsightedness (Myopia) and farsightedness (Hyperopia). Simply put, it is a condition where the eye focuses light improperly.

What causes Astigmatism?

What does 20/20 Vision Mean?

20/20 is a term commonly used as the definition of perfect eyesight. But is that really what it means? Actually, it is much more complicated than that.  In fact, even the term perfect, isn’t that easily defined when it comes to your vision.

Visual Acuity

In 1862, Herman Snellen developed a system for measuring the sharpness of vision, known as visual acuity. The system measures your ability to see letters or numbers on a chart at a prescribed distance, generally 20 feet.  The measurement system is known as Snellen fractions and read as: 20/20, 20/40, 20/60, etc. Using this measurement system, a person with 20/20 vision would be considered as having “normal” vision, meaning that they can see letters and numbers at 20 feet that they average person should be able to see at 20 feet. A person with 20/200 would be considered legally blind.

Getting to Know Your Optometrist

March 23rd is World Optometry Day, an excellent time to get to know your Optometrist. Question 1: What do you know about your Optometrist? Do you know what they do?  Question 2: When was the last time you saw yours?  Question 3…Wait! Why don’t we work on questions one and two first, and that sneaky Question 1.5 I snuck in the middle.

What is an Optometrist?

Is Your Child having Trouble with School Work? It Could be their Eyes

If a child is having trouble in school, isn’t completing their assignments, isn’t paying attention, or has trouble focusing, it is often common practice to consider the cause to be a learning disability. That may indeed be the case, but not always. You should also consider the possibility that the problem could be eye related. On average, one in four children will develop a vision problem that can effect both their ability to learn and their behavior.

Symptoms of Eye Problems to Watch For

Month of May is Vision Health Month

Regularly scheduled Comprehensive Eye Exams should be part of everyone’s preventative healthcare routine because eye exams can help detect eye diseases and conditions that could affect your overall health.

“Comprehensive eye exams can serve as early detectors for a number of potentially serious health conditions, ranging from diabetes and high blood pressure to certain forms of cancer,”  Dr. Barry Thienes, President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommend bi-annual eye exams for adults and annually for those over 65. A child’s first eye exam should take place between six to nine months of age, then before they turn five, and annually while they are in school.

Children’s Vision Month


During the month of October we will be raising awareness for children’s vision and the many heath related benefits of scheduling an annual eye exams. This is an initiative led by the Canadian Association of Optometrists.

Did you know that each year there are children entering grade one and less than 14% of them receives an eye exam. It is estimated that one in four children have significant vision problems that affect their learning.

As a parent you want the best for your children so would you be able to identify if your child has vision problems?

Annual World Sight Day October 8, 2015

Every year on the second Thursday of October the Canadian Association of Optometrists would like build awareness for eye health and overall eye care.

The annual World Sight day is a global initiative to help bring eye health to the forefront of Canadians so we all can have healthy vision. The initiative invites eye care professionals and students in-training, staff, patients, and industry partners to help raise awareness through October to help the 500+ million people around the world with vision impairment and blindness.