Children as young as six months of age can have an eye exam. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that all children have a screening test by the age of three years. Children nineteen and under are covered for one full exam every twelve months through OHIP.
An eye examination of your child will include:
- A review of your child’s health and vision history
- Tests for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, colour vision, amblyopia (lazy eye), crossed eyes, eye coordination, depth perception, and focusing ability
- An eye health examination
If your child is experiencing trouble with reading, spelling, handwriting, headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, and near work avoidance, this may be an indication of binocular vision or visual processing dysfunction and your optometrist may recommend vision therapy.