3 Key Facts About Childrens Vision

Good vision is key for a child’s development and plays an important role in classroom performance, cognitive function, and social development. Here are 3 essential facts you should know about children’s eyesight and the importance of regular eye exams for your child.

Did you know that 80% of a child’s learning is done visually? Tasks such as reading and writing become difficult when your little one can’t see clearly, which is why it’s so important to visit your kid’s optometrist regularly to ensure they always have clear and comfortable vision.

Good eyesight and regular eye exams will ensure children:

  • Perform better in school
  • Learn faster and more successfully
  • Feel more confident in social situations
  • Be free of headaches, eyestrain, and other discomfort

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At Blink Eyewear, our Calgary eye doctors know just how important comfortable vision is for children. That’s why we offer a wide range of services, from children’s eye exams to emergency eye care to ensure your kid’s eyes stay as healthy as possible.

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3 Important Facts About Children’s Vision

Many parents understand the importance of taking their children to the pediatrician and dentist for regular checkups. However, what many people don’t realize is that children’s eye exams are just as important, even if your kid doesn’t wear eyeglasses.

It’s important because:

1. Poor Vision Affects Learning

When a child has difficulty seeing things clearly, their learning in the classroom will suffer. In fact, the American Optometric Association estimates that approximately 60% of learning disabilities are associated with vision problems.

Some of the signs you should watch out for when it comes to your child’s vision include:

  • Eyestrain and headaches
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Avoidance of close work (eg. reading)
  • Rubbing of eyes and excessive blinking
  • Repeating, confusing, or omitting words
  • Underdeveloped hand eye coordination

If your child is displaying any of the above symptoms, or you’ve never visited a kid’s optometrist before, then it’s important to schedule a children’s eye exam straight away.

An optometrist will provide an extensive examination for your kid and detect any problems they might have with the vision, while suggesting the necessary treatment to ensure your little one’s vision remains clear and comfortable.



2. Eye Problems Can Affect Development

Not only can poor vision affect your child’s learning ability and behavior, but some eye conditions can also affect a child’s physical and neurological development. In particular, eye muscle imbalances (strabismus) can lead to amblyopia.

What is Amblyopia?

Commonly referred to as ‘lazy eye’, amblyopia is decreased vision in one or both eyes due to abnormal development of vision during infancy. In many cases, the brain suppresses vision from one eye to avoid seeing double, which can lead to permanent vision loss if it isn’t treated promptly.

How to Treat Amblyopia

Having regular children’s eye exams can catch and treat vision problems such as amblyopia early on and ensure that there are no long-term negative effects on your kid’s vision.

Some treatment options include:

  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Eye patches
  • Surgery
  • Eye drops


3. Vision Problems Can Affect Athletic Performance

Vision problems can also affect your child’s athletic performance. This is because vision irregularities and eye muscle imbalances can affect depth perception, leading to clumsiness, tripping, and poor hand-eye coordination.


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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our comprehensive children’s eye exams and how our Calgary optometrists can help protect your kid’s vision and eye health, visit one of our three branches, Crowfoot (67 Crowfoot Terrace NW, T3G 4J8), West Springs (1009 873 85 St SW, T3H 0J5) or Creekside (12192 Symons Valley Rd NW, T3P 0A3).

Alternatively, you can contact our team at our Crowfoot Branch (403-547-5417), West Springs (403-242-0999) or Creekside (403-516-2292).

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