Is an Eye Screening the Same as an Eye Examination?

When was the last time you took your child to the optometrist for an eye examination? You’re not sure? But it’s okay, because your child’s whole class had their eyes tested at school and the result was that everything was fine. So that means we can skip going to the optometrist this year, right? Actually, not really. A school eye screening isn’t the same thing as a comprehensive eye examination. Here are the differences.

What does Vision Screening entail?

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?

Snow Blindness! Sunglasses aren’t Just for Summer

Winter may be here, but don’t put those sunglasses away just yet. In case you didn’t know it, winter can be just as hard, if not harder, on your eyes than summer. Just because the sun isn’t as warm on your skin, doesn’t mean that it isn’t just as harmful to both skin and eyes. Here are a few things you should know.

Small Eyes, Big Smiles

Buying glasses for the first time with your child can be stressful. Your child will be worried about how the glasses make him or her look, how they feel, and what their friends will think.

You worry about making it easier for them to see, how glasses will impact their self-esteem, protecting their eyes, and of course the considerable expense that glasses can represent.

The best, and worst, part of the whole experience, will be the wide array of glasses to choose from. It’s now possible to get just about any feature you can imagine in a pair of children’s glasses, which in itself can be overwhelming. Here are some things to consider:

Trends in Children’s Eyewear

Once upon a time, children dreaded having to wear glasses. They were afraid that other kids would make fun of them (“four-eyes” was a standard insult). Often glasses were taken off and stashed in a school bag or lunch pail as soon as the child was out of sight of home.

Thankfully, attitudes have changed, and children accept glasses as simply another fashion accessory that some of them wear.