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Vision for Children

(250) 828-0252

One in Four Children Have Vision Problems

By the time kids are old enough to attend school, 25% of them have already developed some kind of vision problems. Be alert for symptoms that may indicate your child has a visual problem such as:

  • Red, itchy or watering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • An eye that consistently turns in or out
  • Rubbing the eyes or excessive blinking
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Avoiding books and television
  • Using a finger to maintain place while reading
  • Tilting of the head or unusual posture
  • Headaches or irritability
  • Holding objects too close
  • Visible frustration or grimacing
  • Irritability or short attention span
  • Omitting or confusing words when reading
  • Performing below their potential

Eye Testing for Infants

It is recommended to bring your child in for their first exam at the age of 6 months. We have specialized equipment to assess the visual functions and health of your baby’s eyes.

How Often Should Children Have an Eye Exam?

Eye examinations are recommended every 12 months for children. MSP will cover eye examinations for children under the
age of 19 annually.

What to Expect at Your Child’s Eye Exam

Kids love our office and parents love our detailed eye examinations. If your child has vision problems, they may have trouble articulating or identifying vision impairments, meaning that they may go long periods of time before having their vision concerns resolved. Our eye exams pay particular attention to the developing eyes of our pediatric patients to ensure that any developing eye conditions are dealt with quickly.

If there is a potential for a child to need a spectacle prescription, the Optometrist may give special drops similar to dilation drops used on adults that help to determine the exact spectacle prescription your child needs. These drops typically will cause your child to lose the ability to focus on up-close tasks for 8-24 hours.

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