A Back-to-School Must: Why Eye Exams Are Necessary
by Optoplus / September 2018
A child’s first weeks in kindergarten, elementary school and high school often make parents emotional as they all want the best for their child. Did you know that eye exams are recommended for your child? Eye exams are covered by the RAMQ up to the age of 17 and will help your child succeed in their studies.
Eye Exams for Toddlers
At a very young age, it is difficult to tell if your child can see properly. Opticians recommend your child undergoes an eye exam in an optometric clinic before starting kindergarten. Optometrists can detect possible eye disorders in no time at all! To prevent affecting eye development, the problem should be identified and treated as quickly as possible; either with glasses or by performing visual exercises (orthoptics). Despite this, less than a third of children are examined by an optician in a visual clinic before their first school year.
Visit to the Optometrist for Middle Schoolers
Vision plays an important role in academic success. It is therefore important to get an eye exam each year, especially since it’s free! It can be daunting for a child to tell their teacher they can’t see the board well which can result in poor academic results and a drop in their confidence. Scheduling regular checkups in an optometric clinic is an easy way to avoid this situation. Many people still remember being fitted for their first pair of eyeglasses. To make this experience as positive as possible, spend time with your child to help them choose the eyeglasses that best suit them. Frames must be comfortable! Furthermore, getting your child a pair of glasses is a good way for them to become more responsible!
Eye Exams for High-Schoolers
One’s eye prescription may change due to eye development, even into adulthood. Many physical changes occur in adolescence and can have a significant impact on eyesight, hence the importance of annual eye exams.
If your active teenager is not too keen on wearing eyeglasses, talk to an optometrist about contact lenses. At this age, prescription sunglasses are also an option, especially if your teenager spends a lot of time outdoors. They will definitely find a style of eyewear to their liking. There’s no better way to start the school year than with a new look!
Physical changes in these three steps of a child’s life can alter their eyesight. At OptoPlus, our optometrists offer comprehensive eye exams for all ages and also offer assistance in finding the right pair of glasses or contact lenses if need be.
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