If your child is in school and unable to comprehend information that is presented visually, they may be at risk of having their academic performance negatively affected.
Be sure that your child gets routine eye exams to detect any signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism so that any treatment may be addressed early on with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Learning-related vision problems account for 20% of all learning disabilities, so be sure to have their eyes checked yearly. Routine exams make sure that your child has healthy eyes, important for their vision development.
Important milestones for your child’s exams are:
- An optometric exam performed at 6 months to ensure that the eyes are working together during these early years, as well as rule out any ocular disease
- At the age of three as a follow up exam to track developmental progress
- And again when they begin school to ensure detection of vision problems that may interfere with their learning process
OHIP covers routine eye examinations once every 12 months for children from 0-19 years. If a learning-related visual problem is suspected after a routine eye examination, further testing may be required. Please see Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation for more information. If your child has near-sightedness that is progressing, please see Myopia Progression/Orthokeratology for more information.
Ensure the health of your child’s eyes and feel free to contact our office to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Vaughan Family Vision Care today. We will gladly answer any of your questions and provide you with the best treatment options available to you and your child.
According to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the following patients are covered for yearly eye exams by OHIP:
- Patients 19 and under
- Patients 65 and older
- Patients 20-64 with certain medical conditions
Feel free to ask us if you qualify, or for more information, please visit the Ontario Government