The Importance of Eye Exams in School Age Children

The importance of regular comprehensive eye examinations for school age children cannot be overstated. Children with uncorrected vision conditions or vision impairments can face academic, social, and physical challenges that can hinder their optimal development.

It is important to note that young children will often not realize that they see differently than others and are therefore unable to express that they are experiencing visual difficulties.

A referral for an eye examination is usually only given when a teacher suspects vision issues and this can be several years after starting school. If you are still not quite convinced to book an eye examination appointment, here are some facts and figures that further underline the importance of proper pediatric eye care:

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, 10% percent of all preschoolers have vision deficiencies and that percentage increases to 25% for children in Grades K-6

Despite this, only 14% of Canadian children under six years of age receive professional eye care and half of all children will not undergo a comprehensive eye examination before completing high school

80% of what children learn in the first 12 years comes through visual processing of information

Approximately 40% of all children with learning disabilities have vision problems, vision and learning are highly interconnected and vision issues are often misdiagnosed as other conditions such as ADHD or dyslexia

If you were not already convinced, you will hopefully now realize the necessity and importance of a comprehensive eye examination for your pre-school and older children. Call now to book your appointment with one of our experienced optometrists. 514-694-0836