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Dr Mousa

Toronto Childrens' Eye Screening

Children will often not complain of vision problems because they dont realise they have a problem - everything seems normal to them.

According to the Canadian Optometric Association - Ten percent of all preschoolers have vision deficiencies and that percentage increases to 25% for children in Grades K-6. While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended.

Signs that your child may need an eye test include:

  • One eye turns in or out whilst the other points straight ahead
  • Eyes blink frequently
  • Eyes water
  • Holds book very close to read
  • Loses place when reading
  • Rubs eyes frequently
  • Tilts head
  • Covers or closes one eye
  • Poor handwriting speed or poor handwriting neatness
  • Complains of intermittent blurred vision
  • Squinting or sitting very close whilst watching television

An extensive testing program is then used to check your sharpness of sight, prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses, eye coordination, focusing ability, and eye movements.

Age from which you should test your childs eyes

The Optometrists Association in Canada recommends that children have a full eye examination with an optometrist before starting school and regularly as they progress through primary and secondary school. If you have concerns about your childs eyes, or if there is a family history of eye health problems, children can be tested from as early as 6 months of age. However, most children are tested from age 3. The optometrist uses tests that are appropriate for the childs age and developmental level to provide a full assessment of their vision, eye-focusing, eye-tracking and health of the eyes. The test will determine if glasses or eye-training is needed for the child or if some other health providers advice is needed.

Referrals

A referral is not required to have your childs eyes tested, but sometimes a teacher or educational person will refer your child for testing. Any referral, reports etc should be brought along to the appointment. This includes reports from speech pathologists, occupational therapists, educational psychologists or reports from previous eye tests. If requested, we are happy to provide you with a report regarding your childs vision.

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