Children’s Eyes

_____ Did you know that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems?

Despite the fact that yearly eye exams are covered by OHIP for children up to 20 years old, many preschool and school age children are not receiving adequate professional eye and vision care.

The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less negative impact it will have on a child’s development. Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s learning, participation in sports and other childhood activities.

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_____ A vision examination for children

Your child’s eyes require a vision examination just like adults. A vision screening or limited pre-school physical doesn’t provide enough information to know if your child is experiencing vision problems.

An age appropriate eye and vision examination of a pre-school child would generally include the following:

   Patient and family history
   Visual acuity measurement
   Assessment of refractive status
   Evaluation of ocular motility, binocular vision and accommodative function
   Ocular health examination
   Optomap imaging is offered at a reduced fee for children ages 7 to 19
   When appropriate, supplemental testing of visual perceptual development may be provided

At Merivale Vision Care, we are equipped to examine infants and school age children. We ensure kids feel comfortable and have a great experience!

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_____ How can I prepare for my child’s eye exam?

We see a large number of children at our clinic and often schedule entire families together. Here is an easy list for you to review prior to bringing them in for their eye exam.

  • The optometrist will have your child look at different pictures, letters or numbers, and may be asked to wear “silly” glasses during the various tests.
  • The optometrist will use special lights to look at their eyes.
  • Seeing the optometrist does not mean they are necessarily getting glasses.
  • If two children are being checked, it is great for the older sibling to go first.
  • Smaller children are welcome to sit on their parent’s lap during their eye exam.
  • Often, children will watch a movie while the optometrist looks in their eyes with lights.
  • Sometimes drops are required, the reasons would be discussed with the parents and often a second visit is scheduled when drops are needed.
  • Typically the child exam is a very positive experience.
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    Wellington

    1282-C Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A7
    T: 613-421-4880
    F: 613-226-1831
    E: info@wellingtonvisioncare.com

    New patients welcome!

    Monday
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    Sunday
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    Holiday Closures


    Thursday July 1st – closed
    Saturday July 31st – closed
    Saturday September 4th – closed
    Saturday October 9th – closed
    Friday December 24th – closed at 1:00p
    Saturday December 25th - closed
    Tuesday December 28th – closed
    Friday December 31st – closed at 3:00pm
    Saturday January 1st – closed

    Merivale

    8A-1547 Merivale Road Ottawa, ON K2G4V3
    T: (613) 226-8446
    F: (613) 226-1831
    E: info@merivalevisioncare.com

    New patients welcome!

    Monday
    -
    Tuesday
    -
    Wednesday
    -
    Thursday
    -
    Friday
    -
    Saturday
    Closed
    Sunday
    Closed

    Holiday Closures


    Thursday July 1st – Closed
    Monday August 2nd – Closed
    Monday September 6th – Closed
    Monday October 11th – Closed
    Friday December 24th closed @ 1:00pm
    Monday December 27th – closed
    Tuesday December 28th – closed
    December 31st – closed @ 3:00pm
    Monday January 3rd 2022 – closed