Focusing on Your Family
It’s never too early to focus on your children’s eye health and vision. Their sense of sight is important at every age and every stage of development.
It’s common for kids to be nervous for their first eye exam. Our optometrists are experienced with children and can put them at ease. Many kids even think their eye exams are fun! And, if your child does need glasses, we offer a wide selection of colors and styles that will make them smile—in durable materials that will make you smile, too.
Book their appointment today to help set them up for a lifetime of healthy vision.
When Do Children Need Eye Exams?
The Ontario Association of Optometrist recommends the following:
- Children should be seen at age 6 months, then yearly starting at age 3.
- School-aged children should be getting eye exams every year by an optometrist. In Ontario, children 0-19 can get one OHIP-covered exam a year. If follow-ups are necessary, those visits are also covered.
Proper vision is essential for children’s success—in life and in academics. Beyond just seeing what’s in front of them at school, visual skills are needed for social, cognitive, and motor skill development.
Book their eye exam today!
Valuable Visual Skills
Children aren’t born with the visual skills they need—they develop them over time, just like they develop the ability to walk and talk.
Good visual skills are essential to learning. Approximately 80% of what children learn happens through their vision. Whether it’s reading, interacting with other kids, throwing a ball around outside, or seeing what the teacher writes on the board, eyesight is involved.
If you want to set them up for success, it’s essential that visual skills are developing normally. Children who start school with undiagnosed vision problems may struggle to keep up in class. They may be misdiagnosed with ADHD or another behavioral disorder.
- Learning at a slower rate than their peers
- Behavioral and disciplinary problems
- Higher risk of dropping out of school
Stages of Sight
There are many milestones in a baby’s visual progression. Here’s what to expect at some critical stages:
- Birth to 4 Months: Your baby’s vision is improving rapidly at this stage. They should be focusing on nearby objects and faces and begin to reach for things.
- 5 to 8 Months: A 3-dimensional view of the world begins to form, as does color vision.
- 9 to 12 Months: Babies begin to grasp objects and can judge distances.
- 1 to 2 Years: Hand-eye coordination and depth perception should be well-developed.
As babies grow and develop, you can help encourage their healthy visual development by playing games with them. Use the classic games like peek-a-boo and patty-cake, provide objects that can be explored with the hands and grasped, and play games that include dropping things and picking them up.
To help your child develop visual skills at the appropriate pace, bring them in for comprehensive eye exams.
How Do I Know if My Child Needs Glasses?
If children are experiencing a vision issue, they are often unable to articulate the problem—they might not even know there is a problem. Unlike adults, children have not established a baseline of what proper vision looks like for them.
Bringing your child for regular eye exams can help establish that baseline. We can detect vision problems early on. Book their appointment today!Book Appointment
Come Visit Us
Our optometry clinic, located in Waterloo, welcomes patients from all surrounding areas, including Kitchener and Cambridge. We’re across Erb Street from the Waterloo Rec Complex and the new Delta Hotel and Barrel Yards under construction.
- 107 Erb Street West
- Waterloo, ON N2L 1T4
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Tuesday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Wednesday: 8:15 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:15 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed