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Children’s Eye Exams For Back-to-School in Victoria, BC

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Wow, can you believe we are so close to back to school? I can hear parents rejoice at the sound of this. Although the end of the summer is generally a busy time for most families, it is important your children’s eyes are healthy and their vision is clear. Up to 80% of learning is acquired visually, so seeing clearly is vital to your child’s development. Learn all about children’s eye exams and why paying a visit to your local Victoria eye clinic is important for back to school.


How A Victoria Optometrist Can Help Your Child’s Learning

Your child’s vision is crucial to his or her development, without it your child could be greatly disadvantaged. Unfortunately, children more often than not do not alert their parents that their vision is poor or if they are experiencing other eye-related issues, because they just don’t know any better. This is why it is up to parents to ensure their child is regularly seen by an eye doctor. A Victoria optometrist can not only help your child see clearly, but also ensure their eyes are healthy too. This can help to avoid such issues like not being able to see the chalkboard, reading issues, or prevent frequent headaches. A child who is able to see well can absorb their environment fully. A child who is unable to see well may lack confidence, and among other things self-esteem.


How Often Should My Child Visit Her Victoria Eye Clinic?

How often should your child see their Victoria eye clinic? Fear not we have it all laid out for you:

  • Before the age of one
  • Between the ages of two to five
  • Yearly after starting school

Remember these are simply guidelines, your child may be recommended to come in more often.


What Can A Routine Eye Exam Identify?

Many people are unaware that an eye exam is more than just an updated prescription. Although, your vision is assessed. Your eye health assessment is just as, if not more important as many eye diseases/conditions have little to no symptoms. During your child’s eye exam, your eye health professional can help identify vision issues  like:

  • nearsightedness (myopia)
  • farsightedness
  • amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • strabismus (cross-eyed)

It’s important that parents are aware that vision screening tests do not replace a comprehensive eye exam. Many issues go unidentified with vision screening tests. And when it comes to your children(s) eyes, early detection allows for a much better prognosis. Early detection means immediate treatment can begin, which can help resolve many common eye conditions in children.


Although back-to-school is certainly a stressful time for many parents, booking an eye exam does not have to be. Let us help you! Give us a call or easily book online with Dr. Sharma.

We are your child friendly local Victoria Eye Doctors!