Taking Care of Your Child’s Eye Sight

Children Eye Examinations | Exams should start at 6 months

Did you know that the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends kids have their first children eye examinations by 6 months of age? This is because it is important that any potential sight-threatening condition be caught early to prevent blindness and to allow your child’s vision to achieve its maximum potential.

Children eye examinations should be performed yearly until age 18.

However, if you have a family history of ocular problems, or if you notice any of the below behavioural signs, we highly recommend booking before the yearly eye exam.

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Children Eye Examinations | Vision Checklist for Young Children

Appearance of the Eyes

 One eye turns in, out, up or down at any time
 Reddened eyes or eyelids
 Eyes tear excessively
 Excessive blinking
 Rubs eyes frequently during or after short periods of visual activity

Behavioral Signs of Visual Problems

 Squints, closes or covers one eye
 Tilts head while doing activities that are near (50cm away from eyes)
 Feels objects rather than looking at objects
 Avoids looking at books and puzzles, prefers toys they can handle
 Holds books too close to face or holds face too close to desk surface
 Sits very close to the TV (when repeatedly moved back)
 Coloring: cannot stay within the lines (age dependent) or ignores the lines when coloring

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If you notice any signs of vision abnormality in your child, please contact us to speak to an optometry as soon as possible.

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How Do I Find the Best Optometrist?

If you are looking for a new pediatric optometrist, or a place for a children eye examinations, asking family and friends for recommendations is a good first step. However, just like selecting any other type of health care professional, it is a personal choice that needs to work long-term for you and your family.  Luckily a lot of the qualifications you would look for when seeking a new optometrist for adults are the same when looking for a pediatric optometrist. Meaning once you find a great optometrist, they are somewhere you can take your entire family to with confidence. Read on to see our 6 tips on what to consider when looking for the best optometrist for your needs.

Real Eyes Optometry has been voted Top 3 Pediatric Optometrist 3 years in a row!

We are a family-run, full scope optometry office that strives to provide the highest level of service. With over 30 years of experience, we continue to add the latest technology so that patients can come to us for all their eye needs. Dr. Shaun Pati provides comprehensive children eye examinations that include your child’s refractive status, binocular vision system, and ocular health – all while keeping a smile on their face. His calm and comforting manner makes him great with kids, and the parents of his pediatric patients can attest to that. He is currently accepting families and patients of all ages, including kids!

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