What You Should Know About Your Child’s Vision

Mid-August may not be the time you want to be thinking about kids going back-to-school, but unfortunately, September is right around the corner, and your kids need to be ready. Along with those school supplies, have you made sure that their eyes are ready for another school year? After all, the best high-tech equipment in the world won’t do any good if your child can’t see it properly. When was the last time your child saw an optometrist?

How Often Does my Child Need to Have His/Her Eyes Tested?

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?

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?

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

How Often Should You get Your Eyes Tested?

So when should you be scheduling that eye appointment? If you are an adult under 40, you should make an appointment to get your eyes tested at least every two to three years. Over 40 you should get in every one to two years, and over 65, you should see your optometrist every 12 months.

Eye Exams for Children

Children’s eyes are usually tested at birth and during visits to the pediatrician. Their first visit to the optometrist should be at six months, then at age three, and again before they begin school. Between the ages of six and 19, they should get their eyes tested annually.

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?