Child Comprehensive Eye Health and Vision Exams

A common misconception is that children need to be able to read in order to have their eyes checked. In fact, we recommend that your child have their first eye examination at the age of 6 months. Your child’s vision is essential in developing skills such as reading, writing, hand-eye coordination, and social skills. In fact, more than 80% of learning is done through the eyes and one in six children has a vision problem significant enough to affect their learning. Children with poor vision may be misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioural disability.

An eye examination of your child will include:

  • A review of your child’s health and vision history
  • Tests for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, colour vision, amblyopia (lazy eye), crossed eyes, eye coordination, depth perception, and focusing ability
  • An eye health examination

If your child is experiencing trouble with reading, spelling, handwriting, headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, and near work avoidance, this may be an indication of binocular vision or visual processing dysfunction and your optometrist may recommend vision therapy.

In Nova Scotia, children’s eye examinations are covered by MSI until 10 years of age.