Eye Exams For Kids at Every Age
If you have children, you’re well aware of how fast they’re growing and developing. Every time you turn around, they’ve started exploring something new.
Help them discover their world with clear vision; book an appointment with a pediatric optometrist at Birring Eyecare in Mississauga to get a headstart on their eye health.
Signs Your Little One May Have a Vision Problem
Children may not know that they are having trouble with their sight. They may assume all people see the way they do, especially if the vision problem has always been present! As their parent, there are signs you can watch for to monitor your child’s vision, including:
- Tilting head or covering one eye
- Sitting too close to the television or holding hand-held devices too close to the eyes.
- Rubbing eyes excessively
- Complaining of headaches or eye pain
- Having difficulty concentrating on school work
There can be multiple explanations for these behaviours, but ruling out vision problems (or getting them corrected if need be) is as easy as visiting Birring Eyecare for an exam.
Guarding Your Youngster’s Visual Health
It’s said that 80% of what children learn in school is presented visually, so keeping up a good eye care regimen is important in setting your child up for success. Along with regular checkups with your eye doctor, there are things you can do to help make sure your child’s vision is healthy. Remember that following your optometrist’s advice is vital at any age—if your child is prescribed glasses, they need to wear them correctly!
Infants (Birth to 2)
Your baby is beginning to explore their world. Help them reach visual milestones by playing peek-a-boo, using picture books with bright and colourful images, and giving them toys that encourage hand-eye coordination like stacking rings.
Toddlers (2 to 5)
Plenty of visual milestones are met in this age range. Using toys like puzzles, picture searches, and mazes can help stimulate their ocular system. Read with your child and see that they get plenty of sleep and nutritious foods.
During Grade School
The school years put a lot of demands on a kid’s vision. Remind them to take breaks when studying or using the computer (going outside for a break is always helpful) and ensure their workspace at home is well lit.
Have them use appropriate eye protection when playing sports like lacrosse or hockey, provide healthy snacks, keep up a good sleep schedule, and check in to make sure they’re not struggling with visual tasks at school (like reading and looking at the board.)
Come & See Us
Find us in the Malton neighbourhood’s Westwood Square Shopping Centre, 10 minutes north of Pearson International Airport on Goreway Drive between Etude and Morning Star Drive, just off Highway 427 in Mississauga.
- 46-7205 Goreway Drive
- Mississauga, ON L4T2T9
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
Children’s eyesight is crucial to their learning and development. Ensure they have a healthy and clear vision with a children’s eye exam today!
Planning on correcting your vision with refractive surgery (like LASIK)? Our caring team of professionals can help guide you through pre-and post-operative care.