October is Children's Vision Month
Welcome back to school! The start of the school year it is a great reminder to send our children for their yearly eye exam.
The majority of a child's learning is based on vision. Vision problems affect learning and development, and prevent children from reaching their full potential. 1 in 4 school-aged children have a vision problem - most of which have no easy-to-detect symptoms. This makes it difficult for parents to recognize vision problems in their child. In addition, many children accept their vision as normal because they don't know any different. A comprehensive eye exam by a Doctor of Optometry provides the full assurance of vision and eye health that a simple eye-chart test or school vision screening cannot.
Not sure when to have your child's eyes examined?
Infants should have their first eye examination between six and nine months of age. Children should have at least one eye exam between the ages of two and five, and yearly after starting school to ensure optimal vision and development.
(Canadian Association of Optometrists)
Don't forget, Alberta Health Care covers the cost of annual eye exams for children until they turn 19 years old, seniors 65 and above, and medically necessary visits regardless of age.
Aside from yearly coverage for children, in Alberta, there is a program called Eye See... Eye Learn, which provides kindergarten students with a comprehensive eye exam and, if necessary, a free pair of eyeglasses. The goal of the program is to ensure that all children enter the school system with a clear path, enabling them to reach their full learning potential.