Does she look like she needs an eye exam?

J’s Story:

This four-year-old had no symptoms of vision problems other than a lack of interest in reading.  During her first eye exam, her optometrist found that she had a condition called amblyopia, (commonly called “lazy eye”). One of her eyes was not passing a clear image  to the retina, so communication between that eye and the brain was not developing properly.  Approximately 5% of children are affected by amblyopia.

Juliet on BeachHer optometrist prescribed corrective glasses and now her vision is developing properly. Amblyopia can be treated when diagnosed in early childhood; however, once visual development is complete it is much more difficult to correct.  Early diagnosis can ensure that poor vision will not hamper a child’s athletic, academic or personal achievements.

1 in 5 children has a vision problem.

It is important to identify and treat these problems while eyesight is still developing to prevent permanent vision impairment.

80% of learning is visual.

Regular eye exams ensure that a child’s academic, athletic and personal development is not hampered by visual problems.

Children's Eye Exams Fully Covered by B.C. Medical Services PlanThe Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends:

  • First eye exam at 6 months old.
  • Second eye exam at 3 years old.
  • Eye exams every year from 5 – 18.


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