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Children’s Eye Exams in Leamington & Essex, ON

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Promoting Long-Term Vision Health for Your Little Ones

When it comes to your children’s vision, promoting healthy eyesight is important for their overall well-being, especially during their formative years. Vision challenges can impact various aspects of their lives, including academic performance. While school screenings are common, they may not provide the comprehensive insights needed for your child’s vision and eye health. 

Regular eye exams at Erie Shores Eyecare offer a more thorough understanding of your child’s visual development, allowing us to detect and address potential vision problems early on. Book their next eye exam online today.

A Tailored Eye Exam Schedule for Your Kids

We recommend following the eye exam schedule from the Canadian Association of Optometrists to monitor your child’s vision:

  • First eye exam between 6–9 months old
  • Second evaluation between 2–5 years old
  • Annual exams for children between 6–19 years old

Depending on your child’s unique visual needs, our optometrists may suggest a personalized exam schedule to address specific concerns.

Myopia Control at Erie Shores Eyecare

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common vision condition affecting children’s distance vision. Left uncorrected, myopia can impact both classroom and extracurricular activities. 

Erie Shores Eyecare offers comprehensive myopia control methods, including including MyoCare lenses, atropine eye drops, Abiliti 1-Day contacts, and more. Visit our myopia control page to learn more.

Signs of Vision Problems in Children

Children may not always have the language to express vision concerns. Keep an eye out for potential signs of vision problems, including:

  • Squinting frequently
  • Rubbing their eyes often
  • Sitting very close to the television
  • Avoiding close-up activities like reading
  • Losing their place while reading
  • Using their finger as a guide when reading
  • Holding reading materials too close
  • Complaining of frequent headaches
  • Complaining about double vision
  • Covering 1 eye when looking at things
  • Tilting their head to 1 side
  • Having a misaligned eye

If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Your proactive approach today can significantly impact your child’s vision tomorrow.

What to Expect During Your Child’s Eye Exam

During your child’s eye exam, our comprehensive assessment includes tests that assess the following abilities:

  • Visual Acuity: Clear vision at different distances
  • Eye Focusing: Maintaining clear vision during focus changes
  • Eye Tracking: Keeping eyes on target when shifting focus
  • Eye Teaming: Using both eyes together for depth perception
  • Hand-Eye Coordination: Processing visual information and directing hands accordingly
  • Visual Perception: Organizing images into letters, words, and ideas

The Eye See…Eye Learn Program

Erie Shores Optometry is proud to participate in the Eye See…Eye Learn program. This provincially administered government program is designed to ensure that all junior kindergarten children in Ontario can get a comprehensive eye exam with a local, participating optometrist before they begin grade 1. The cost of the exam is covered by OHIP.

Children that need glasses are provided with a pair in their prescription free of charge. Contact us today to learn more.

Schedule Your Child’s Next Eye Exam

Our dedicated team at Erie Shores Eyecare is committed to being a part of your child’s visual journey. It all begins with consistent and comprehensive eye exams. Book online to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward better eye health and vision for your child.

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