Eye Exams - Pediatric / Children (Ages 0-18)

The first eye exam for your child should be between 6 -12 months of age. At this age the optometrist will specifically test for:

- excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism which can lead to lazy eye

- eye movement

- eye health problems 

Having your child's eyes examined is one of the most important things a parent can do. Humans are visual in nature and children spend most of their time learning about the world around them through their eyes. Children seldom complain about vision problems, because they assume that everyone sees like them. Likewise, having perfect 20/20 visual acuity does not always mean perfect visual function. For example, children with excess farsightedness are able to see the Tim Hortons or McDonalds sign a mile away, but often find reading books or working on the computer to be difficult and have problems concentrating on their homework. They may also abstain from reading activities or potentially fall asleep after only 15 minutes of concentrated school work.   

Dr. Kevin Tsen and the Alberta Association of Optometrists recommends that children receive an annual eye health examination by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist. These eye exams are designed to fully test a child's visual system, and determine any weaknesses that may need to be addressed during these important developmental years. Routine eye health examinations should commence no later than age 3. If however, your child's pediatrician has any concerns, please do not hesitate to bring your child in sooner for their first eye health examination.