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1 in 4 Kids Have Visual Problems

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.

Vision is Critical in Learning

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.

Kids Think Our Office is Cool

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!

Experienced With Kids

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!

Of Learning is Visual

Important Information About Kids Eye Exams:

How Often Should Children Have Their Eyes Examined?

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.

Why Are Eye Exams so Important?

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.

Our Location

North Vancouver

Westcoast designer Susan Taubensee created the new Lynn Valley practice to provide you with a relaxing and unique experience in eye care and eyewear. Our Optometry Clinic is located in the Lynn Valley Village where you can browse between over 1000 frames and 150 sunglasses to personalize your prescription.

Phone: (604) 987-9191
Fax: (604) 987-9109
E-mail: Email Us

Lynn Valley Optometry
255 - 1233 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver, BC, V7J 0A1

Hours

Monday: 9am - 6pm
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: 9am - 6pm
Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Vision Therapy Reviews

  • Vision Therapy has helped me become an all-around solid reader. When reading books, I now fully understand what is happening and I don’t have to read one part in a book over and over to understand. I can also read fast while still understanding. My eyes are also being much more efficient, which is making me less tired when I read.

    Max, Age 12

  • Before Vision Therapy, I was seeing double vision and I couldn’t see the board. Now I can see the board and I can only see double vision when I cross my eyes!

    Alida, Age 8

  • I have improved in spelling because I get better grades. Before I was getting C’s and B’s in spelling, and now I’m getting A’s. I have improved in Math because before I didn’t know my times tables that good. I didn’t know 7 x 9, and now I know it’s 63, and I get better grades. Now I can draw better and more detailed pictures. I don’t have very much headaches and stomach aches any more, and my eyes don’t hurt when I read, and they don’t get tired anymore, so I read a lot more.

    Micheal, Age 11

  • When Michael first visited the optometrist he was experiencing frequent headaches and tummy aches, as well as sore, tired eyes. His grades were slipping at school and he disliked reading. He was beginning to consider himself as “dumb”. The combination of eye glasses and vision therapy has made a world of difference to Michael...

    From Michael’s Mother - Read More

  • Jason was in grade 2 when he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. He had coordination issues and had a hard time with motor skills. We had him thoroughly tested by various specialists. His ears and eyes checked out fine. He was placed on drugs at 8 years old...

    Jason, Age 15 (from his mother) - Read More

  • Vision Therapy has made a huge difference to what I see. Even though I’m halfway through, the changes have been nothing but extraordinary. My peripheral vision and depth-perception has improved, making driving and parking, especially in tight spaces, a whole lot easier. Before, I would panic and give up. Now I have much more awareness and I no longer have to worry about hitting things. Considering I had my eyes cosmetically operated on three times, it’s an overall amazing change.

    Alex, Age 21

Our Tests

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:

Visual Acuity Test

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.

Cover Test

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

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

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.

Autorefractor

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.

Slit-Lamp Examination

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.

Glaucoma Test

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.

Pupil Dilation

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.

Visual Field Test

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.

Contact Lens Fitting

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.

Commonly Asked Questions

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.

How long does the Eye Exam take?

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.

How often does my child need an Eye Exam?

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.