It is estimated that nearly 25% of school-age children develop vision problems (according to the Canadian Association of Optometrists). As with all things, preventative measures are always more effective than reactionary ones.
By beginning regular testing early we can catch any developments and respond accordingly.
As you can imagine, dealing with vision degradation while trying to focus on learning and growing can be immensely challenging. Often, kids don’t understand how to communicate that they are experiencing vision problems.
Annual eye exams will ensure that you and your children are always prepared for and informed about any irregular developments in the eye.
We mean it! In addition to having a modern facility and top-notch staff, kids find our equipment and visual technologies cool. For many kids, being able to see inside their eye or experience using one of our state of the art machines is both enjoyable and memorable.
Don’t believe us? Bring your kids and find out!
We work with hundreds of families from all over Vancouver, and that includes their kids. Our experience shows in how we communicate with your child, interact with them, and keep them engaged during the eye exam.
We try to keep things fun as much as possible!
Only an examining Optometrist can determine the exact frequency a patient should be having exams definitively.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following:
Infants and Toddlers (birth to 24 months): Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months.
Preschool Children (2 to 5 years): Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years.
School Age Children (6 to 19 years): School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually.
Early eye exams are also important because children use their eyes for basic visual skills that lead to learning hand-eye coordination, focusing on objects, close up vision, far away vision, side and peripheral vision.
At Lynn Valley Optometry we go beyond 20/20 vision. We offer a comprehensive eye exam using the latest technology available in the eye care industry. Our eye exams for children include the following tests upon your child’s first visit:
A visual acuity test is used to measure the sharpness of your child’s vision. This test is conducted using a snellen eye chart.
We use the Ishihara Test to examine your child’s eyes for color blindness. This is usually only conducted on their initial eye exam. Colour blindness that occurs later in life can point to other health problems. If they are experiencing colour blindness please contact us right away for an exam.
The cover test is one of the most common and simplest exams. The optometrist will cover one of your child’s eyes and have them focus on an object from different depths. The cover test detects strabismus or a more subtle binocular vision problem that could cause eye strain or amblyopia (“lazy eye”).
Retinoscopy is conducted in a dimly lit environment. The optometrist has your child focus on a object while they flip lenses and shine light at your eye. This gives the optometrist an insight to your child’s approximate prescription. This test is very useful for children and patients who are not able to accurately answer the optometrists questions.
Refraction is the test that our optometrists use to determine your child’s exact eyeglass prescription. The optometrist uses an instrument called phoropter. The phoropter has a series of different lenses. The optometrist goes through different lenses while asking the child which ones seem clearer. Using this method the doctor is able to narrow it down to an exact prescription.
An autorefractor test is similar to a refraction test, where the optometrist determines the lens power required to accurately focus light on their retina. This test is essential when verifying a child’s eyeglass prescription. Modern day autorefractors are very useful as they save time and are very accurate.
Used in conjunction with a biomicroscope, our Optometrist uses a slit lamp instrument to shine a thin sheet of light into the eye. This examination is for the eyelid, sclera, conjunctiva, iris, natural crystalline lens and the cornea to diagnose a variety of eye conditions. A second hand held lens is used to examine the retina.
At LVO we use an icare instrument to test for Glaucoma. The icare instrument is non intrusive and does not use the common air puff found in other glaucoma tests.
Eye drops are used to dilate your child’s pupils. This gives the doctor the ability to get a better look into your child’s eyes for diseases. These drops generally take 20 – 30 minutes to take effect and can last up to several hours. Bringing sunglasses for your child’s trip home is highly recommended.
The visual field test is an exam that is used to detect dysfunction in central and peripheral vision. This test can bring light to other medical conditions such as glaucoma, stroke, brain tumours or other neurologic deficits.
Does your child wear contacts or would like to? Lets us know upon booking your exam and we will schedule them in with our specialized contact lens technician.
If your child is experiencing any eye pain, headaches, unusual amount of floaters and/or squinting and blinking excessively please contact us immediately to schedule an appointment.
Generally, from check-in to checkout we will need your child here for 1 hour. This includes pre-testing, full eye exam with one of our Optometrists and a consultation with a Licensed Optician.
I am interested in getting contacts for my child, do I need to let you know before booking an eye exam?
Yes, please let us know so that we can book your child in with our contact lens specialist.
Recommended by The Canadian Association of Optometrists:
Children 0 – 24 months: Should undergo their first eye exam between the ages of 6 to 9 months. It is crucial that infants are examined at 6 to 9 months to check that their eyes focus, the eyes are straight, and there is no internal eye disease. Early treatment can significantly decrease lifelong vision impairment.
Children 2 – 5 years: It is recommended that children between 2 – 5 years should have their eyes examined at least once in this time frame.
Children 5 – 19: It is recommended that children between 5 – 19 are examined each year. This is very important as changes in vision can highly affect learning and sports abilities.