The Alberta Association of Optometrists (AAO) recommends that all children under age 18 have their eyes examined every year. Healthy adults should have their eyes examined every one to two years (as directed by an Optometrist).
Young eyes change rapidly as they grow. Blurry vision and eye health conditions can start to develop that are not noticed by your child. Annual eye exams will detect eye conditions and ensure prompt treatment.
Over 80% of what is taught in schools is presented visually. For a child with an undiagnosed eye problem, this statistic highlights a huge source of their academic frustration and challenges. Less than half of kids that need corrective eyewear are properly diagnosed and treated prior to entering school.
The benefit that clear sight can provide a young student can’t be overstated. We have witnessed many “problem” kids undergo noticeable attitude and academic improvements once they were able to properly see- imagine how frustrating it must be trying to be successful when you can’t see what you need to learn.
It’s normal for young children to have apprehensions about visiting a medical office. However, you can assure them that our eye exams are non-invasive and pain free. All we’re going to do is make sure their eyes are happy and healthy- there’s nothing to be afraid of!
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:
After the preliminary testing is complete, you and your child will meet with one of our Optometrists for a few more tests and to discuss any concerns you may have.
Tests the Optometrist will perform include:
Most eye exams take under 60 minutes to complete.
Alberta Health provides annual financial coverage for all standard eye exams performed on Albertans under age 18. This coverage includes any additional tests deemed medically necessary by the Optometrist.
We have three full-service locations in Downtown Calgary, Lake Bonavista and Huntington Hills.