At Eyes Focused on You we recommend a team approach to eye health and wellness particularly when it comes to the growth and development of children. Together, parents, teachers and optometrists can help ensure early detection and management of many health concerns. Research suggests that 80% of what children learn in school is through visual presentation which means if they have issues with their eyes it will impact their academic potential. Vision problems can also impact a child’s social development and hand eye coordination for physical activities. Children will not usually complain about blurry vision or other vision problems.
While a typical eye exam may detect general issues such as astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness, an optometrist’s extensive exam can pinpoint perceptual and functional problems that might affect learning. Functional and visual perception issues can only be identified when investigated beyond the eye chart. Conditions such as colour blindness can hamper a child’s ability to participate in certain activities but there is no outward evidence of this condition.
Set your children up for success this year. Contact your optometrist to book an appointment today. All children are entitle to a yearly OHIP-covered eye exam until they turn 20.