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 potential 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.
Most eye exams are completed in under an hour. Contact lens fitting exams may take slightly longer.
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:
The Optometrist may perform other tests, including dilation, as needed.
Most eye exams take under 60 minutes to complete.
Alberta Health provides annual financial coverage for all standard eye exams performed on Albertans age 18 and under and age 65 and over. Additional testing recommended by the Optometrist may or may not be covered by Alberta Health.