Everything You Need to Know Before Your Child’s First Eye Exam

Carousel Life & Things
Tips for booking an eye exam for your child. Information on getting glasses for your kids
4

Do you have that feeling that your child might, in fact, need glasses? Or maybe you want to start yearly checks on your child just to be on top of any changes that might have occurred? It might even just be a gut feeling that it is time to get your child’s eyes checked. Whatever it might be I want to share what you will need to know before you take your child for their first eye exam and some tips to help the first check go smooth.

“One in five children has a vision disorder. Not knowing any differently, many of these children accept poor vision and other eye problems as normal.” Image Optometry

Tips For Booking Your Child's First Eye Exam

What You Should Know Before Your Child’s First Eye Exam

1. At what age should I bring my child to see an Optometrist?

It is recommended for your children to check the health of their eyes and keep up with their constantly growing and changing bodies. Signs that might indicate that your child should see an eye doctor might include squinting, watery eyes, difficulty in school, trouble focusing, headaches and more, however not all children will show signs of eye strain making the yearly checkups that much more important.

It is still critical to get your youngsters’ eyes checked to prevent and discover potential eye disorders that came with birth. The recommended age by Image Optometry and Canadian Association of Optometry is listed below

– Infants and Toddlers (Birth to 24 months) Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9
months.
-Preschool Children (2 to 5 years) Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years.
-School Age Children (6 to 19 years) School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually.

TIP: Image Optometry provides free eye exams services to children starting as early as three months old.

2. FREE eye exams for children!

“85% of learning is visual, so children who can’t afford vision correction are at a significant disadvantage.” Image Optometry

You will need to bring your child’s care card/personal health number with you in order to get the appointment free of charge. If you don’t have one, some fees may apply. With a health number children will not be charged for eye exams until the age of 19.

TIP: FREE Canucks games tickets are offered to selected winners if 2 people are getting their eyes checked at the same time at Image Optometry before December!

3. Prepare your child for their first eye exam

Read this article for some great tips on how to prepare your child before their eye exam appointment

4. Make an appointment

Call in and book an appointment, it is always a good idea if you are going in or another older sibling is also having an appointment so that any younger children see the procedure before it is their turn to go. Let the optometrist know that it is their first appointment, and they can be prepared to explain the procedures and help make your children most comfortable.

TIP: Try to arrive early to allow time to fill out any forms or documents for new patients.

With all of the above in mind, it is important that we encourage our children and take note of their personal cues. If you have a hunch that they need their eyes checked, make sure to book an appointment, follow our steps and know that they are taken care of. If you are looking unfamiliar with a great place to go check out Image Optometry.

Image Optometry would be a great place to start as they have multiple locations across the Fraser Valley (Vancouver – Chilliwack) and a good trustworthy reputation for providing a comfortable and professional experience for both children and adults.

Find out which location is closest to you and book an appointment online or over the phone. All required information is available on their website.

Tips For Booking Your Child's First Eye Exam


This post is in partnership with Image Optometry. All views and opinions are my own.

 

 

«

»

Instagram

  • But First Love. If there’s one thing that can help make each day better it’s love.
•
I had tears in my eyes this morning as I read through the news article listing the victims from the Florida school shooting. I just can’t imagine. Those families, friends, coworkers, everyone. We are all affected by what happens around us within the world. Sending so much love to all today especially.
  • That belly just couldn’t help but poke out and get some crisp fresh air.
•
Photo @juliechristinephotography | Toque @wild.child.designs [ check two posts back to enter to W I N a mommy and me set.]
  • Hoping your Valentine’s day is filled with lots of pretty little details.
•
Photo @juliechristinephotography | Dress @shopivyandjune
  • G I V E A W A Y 💫Twinning is winning right?! Enter to win a mommy and mini set of @wild.child.designs toques below
1️⃣ L i k e this photo
2️⃣ F o l l o w myself and @wild.child.designs 
3️⃣ C o m m e n t below your favorite winter activity
4️⃣ B o n u s like three other photos and comment a few emojis below
5️⃣ B o n u s tag friends (1 yah per comment = 1+ entry)
•
Not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram Inc. Closes Friday Feb 16 at 12 PM PST. Photo by @juliechristinephotography #igmotherhood #mytinymoments #lifegivingsquares
  • Sunshine, Family day long weekend and 30th birthday celebrations for the man of our house! Happy birthday babe!
  • Snack time is a constant thing in this house, they just never stop eating! Ha! I’ve teamed up with @littlebeanxco and @lovechildorganics to giveaway the gift of snacks!
•
What you win:
Snack size Yumbox from @littlebeanxco
Assorted snacks from @lovechildorganics
•
Here’s how to enter:
F o l l o w @littlebeanxco @lovechildorganics and myself
L i k e this photo
C o m m e n t below who snacks more you or the kids
B o n u s tag three friends below
•
Giveaway not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram Inc. Closes Feb 12th at 12PM PST. Must be Canadian to enter.
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons