Children’s Eye Exams in Calgary

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Eyes on Your Child’s Vision

We know you’d do anything to protect and care for your child. What if we told you looking after their eyesight started with something as simple as an hour-long visit to the optometrist?

Kids grow fast, and their eyes develop and grow at a rapid rate with them. Children use their sight in plenty of areas, like sports, play, and especially school—80% of what children learn in school is visual.

Keep your child happy and healthy with regular eye exams at Calgary Optometry Centre. Bring your little ones in soon!

How Often Should My Child Visit the Optometrist?

To keep up with your youngster’s pace of growth, we’ll need to see them pretty frequently. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following eye exam timeline:

  • Infants and Toddlers: Your littlest family member should undergo their first eye examination between 6 and 9 months.
  • Preschool Children: Bring your toddler in for at least one eye examination between 2 and 5 years.
  • School-Age Children: Your child should undergo an eye examination annually from ages 6 to 19.

The Ins & Outs of Your Child’s Eye Exam

Pre-Exam

Before you and your child meet with one of our optometrists, your child will have some preliminary testing done by an optometric assistant. These tests are fast and non-invasive and are used to help guide the tests performed by the optometrist.

These tests include:

  • Retinal Imaging: This high-resolution, wide-field digital retinal camera takes detailed images of your child’s internal eye structures (retina, macula, etc.). Eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration are both clearly visible via this process.
  • Autorefractor: This test quickly approximates what corrective lens prescription, if any, is needed for your child’s eyes. The optometrist uses this information to quickly and accurately discover the ideal prescription.

After the preliminary testing is complete, you and your child will meet with one of our optometrists for a few more tests and discuss any concerns you (and your child) may have.

Tests the optometrist performs include:

  • Case History: Gathering information about your vision and eye health concerns. Updated general health and medications information as both of these factors may affect vision and eye health.
  • Visual Examination of the Eye and Eyelid: The eye and surrounding tissues are great indicators of overall health. We assess your child’s during the exam to ensure everything looks as it should.
  • Vision clarity testing/prescription refinement: If your child’s eyes would benefit from a corrective lens prescription, the optometrist will refine the approximation generated by the auto-refractor.
  • Binocular Vision Assessment: The eyes are meant to work as a team. Various testing is done to make sure the eyes are aligned, tracking and focusing together.
  • Digital Imaging Assessment: The optometrist will review the images captured by the retinal camera and OCT equipment, outlining any changes or concerns they may have.

After your child’s exam is done, our thorough optometrists will discuss any results with you. We’ll answer any questions (from you or your child!) and outline any potential treatment plan.

Common Childhood Eye Conditions

Amblyopia

Amblyopia, also called lazy eye, occurs when one eye sends abnormal signals to the brain. Your brain learns to ignore images from the weaker eye, and begins relying on the healthy eye for sight. This can lead to depth perception problems and your child noticeably favouring one eye.

Treatment is best started early, so bring your child in early for correction with patches, glasses, or eye exercises.

Strabismus is more commonly known as crossed eyes. The eyes may turn in any direction (up, down, in, out, etc.) and can cause double vision, headaches, and coordination issues.

Strabismus will not resolve over time, so early treatment is critical. This condition can be treated with glasses, prisms, exercises, and surgery.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a condition where the eye’s surface is improperly curved. This leads to distorted or blurred vision that can cause headaches or double vision.

Astigmatism treatments include glasses, contact lenses, and laser surgery (once they’re older).

Myopia, also called nearsightedness, is when your child is able to focus on objects close to them, but struggles to see objects in the distance clearly. Our myopia control clinic may help your child with their myopia.

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