Help Children Reach Their Potential: Eyecare for Kids

eyecare for kids

Kids should get their eyes examined every year. This is one of the best things parents can do to protect their family’s eye health. Children are visual creatures by nature, they learn about the world through their eyes. But since kids rarely complain about poor vision, because they don’t often realize their vision is impaired, problems go untreated.

Eye exam for kids

Perfect eyesight does not always equal flawless visual function. Kids with severe farsightedness can see a Burger King sign way down the road but will have difficulty completing homework, reading books or working on a computer. They may avoid such challenging activities or simply fall asleep after a few minutes of trying to focus. This is one reason why children’s eye care is so important. Kids age 0-18 years should receive annual eye exams by a pediatric eye doctor.

Children’s eye care

A comprehensive eye exam for kids will thoroughly test the systems of the eye to find weaknesses that need to treat during the developmental years. Routine eye care for kids should begin before their first birthday and no later than their third. If you or your pediatrician suspects vision concerns, then your child should be seen even sooner.

The Eye See…Eye Learn program

To ensure that all youngsters have access to children’s eye physicians and eye care for kids, the Alberta Government has teamed up with the Alberta Association of Optometrists to create Eye See…Eye Learn.

This community program was launched in 2003 to make sure all kids receive a professional eye exam by the time they enter kindergarten. Originating in the Elk Island Public Schools district, the Eye See…Eye Learn programs have since expanded to cover all of Alberta.

The main goal is for every child in Alberta to have the visual capability to function well in school. To make eye exams for kids readily accessible to families with financial barriers, the Alberta Association of Optometrists has joined forces with local opticians and optical suppliers to provide one cost-free pair of prescription eyeglasses to the kindergarten children who need them to learn.