BABY/TODDLER EYE EXAMS

Our comprehensive eye exams include: 

  • Visual acuity check for verbal children (with matching pictures)

  • Binocular vision and neurological screening to rule out eye turns

  • Glasses prescription check (yes this can be checked even on a 6 month old!)

  • Ocular health check (anterior segment and retinal check)

A lot of fun!

CHILDREN'S EYE EXAMS

Our comprehensive eye exams include: 

  • Visual acuity check

  • Binocular vision and neurological screening

  • Depth perception testing

  • Colour vision testing

  • Glasses prescription check

  • Ocular health check (anterior segment and retinal check)

  • Myopia control discussion (as needed)

A lot of fun!

 

Recommended frequency of eye exams

First Eye Exam: 6 months old

Toddlers: between 2-3 years old

School Aged: before starting JK

Yearly Eye Exams Are Recommended For School Aged Children

Additional services available

Contact Lens Fitting for a Contact Lens Prescription

Visual Field Testing

Extensive Binocular Vision Testing

Visual Information Processing Testing

Visual Motor Integration Testing

Vision Therapy Assessment

Myopia Control Management

BABY FAQ!

How do you do an eye exam on a 6 month old baby?! Probably the most common question we get asked! A full exam can be done on a 6 month old baby, including a prescription check without any responses needed from the patient. Everything is done using lights. A child doesn't need to be able to talk or respond for a comprehensive eye. 

What are you looking for in a 6 month old baby?! While the eye is developed in utero, vision itself develops after birth and continues to develop for years after. At 6 months we want to make sure your child's eyes are set up for proper development. That means there is no eye turn, no large prescription in one or both eyes, and no anatomical anomaly that would prevent vision from developing. 

Why at 6 months? My family doctor checks my baby's eyes at their appointment using a light, we probably don't need an eye exam. Your family doctor looks to see if your baby has a red reflex, which rules out rare but devastating ocular diseases. However, that is all your family doctor is checking, they are not doing a comprehensive eye exam. The Canadian and Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends a comprehensive eye exams at 6 months to rule out any conditions that may impede visual development. 6 months is when your child's muscles are gaining more control and we can rule out a congenital eye turn. It is also a great time to come in as babies at this age are often fascinated with lights and often are very compliant with testing. 

CHILD FAQ!

My child doesn't know their letters, or is non verbal, can I still bring them in for an eye exam? Of course! We have many different ways to measure visual acuity and measuring a prescription without a patient needing to know their letters, or even being able to read a chart. .

My child is not complaining, do I really need to bring them in for an eye exam? Children know no different from what they've seen their whole life. We highly recommend bringing all children in for a comprehensive eye exam in yearly as children often do not complain when they have a visual deficit. 

My child is struggling with school and is working below grade level, could vision be a contributing factor? Studies have shown that about 80% of children with a learning challenge or a learning disorder also have a visual deficit. Vision goes beyond seeing 20/20. There are 17 visual skills that go into seeing clear, single, comfortably and to process vision in an efficient manner for reading, writing and math. If one or more of these skills are not work efficiently vision is not set up properly for school. Start by bringing your child in for a comprehensive eye exam to rule out any visual deficiencies.