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Have your child's eyes been checked?

It’s important to start good vision habits in children early. Vision problems that are not found and treated can have a number of negative impacts on children, including learning problems and poor achievement in school.

Not every child will show signs of vision problems. Young children may not know that they have a vision problem and assume that everyone sees the way they do. Without obvious signs, parents and caregivers may not realize their child is having vision issues.

Eye exams are recommended for children beginning when they are between the ages of six and nine months, again between the ages of two to five years old, and every year after starting school. Eye exams are free with an OHIP card for children 19 years old and under.

Signs of vision problems can include:

  • Rubbing or squinting of eyes
  • Head tilting
  • Covering an eye when reading or watching TV
  • Holding objects close to the eyes
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision
  • Eyes that tend to wander, especially if your child is tired.

Comprehensive eye exams by an optometrist are important for good vision. Book an exam today, or to find an optometrist in a community near you, see here. The Eye See…Eye Learn® program offers complimentary glasses for children born in 2014.

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