Pediatric Examinations

Good vision is essential in childhood development and regular eye examinations are the key to good vision.

Research has shown that one in five school children have an undetected eye problem. As 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, many children cannot see well enough to reach their full potential or enjoy everyday childhood activities as much as they could.

A child may not realise if their vision is not clear – they assume the way they see is normal. Annual eye examinations are advised for anyone under the age of 19.

Typical warning signs to look out for:
1: One eye turns in, out, up or down
2: Complains of frequent headaches
3: Frequently rubs eyes or blinks a lot
4: Squints when reading or watching television
5: Avoids reading, writing or drawing
6: Has difficulty catching a ball
7: Fails to make expected progress at school
8: Develops behavioural or concentration problems at school

Children should have their first eye examination by the age of 6 months or sooner if any problems are suspected. The earlier a problem is detected, the more effectively it can be treated.

It doesn't matter if your child is too young to talk or read a letter chart, as we use a range of techniques and modern equipment to detect visual problems at any age.

Equipment such as a computerised test chart allows us to use pictures, numbers, shapes as well as letters to check the child's vision.

Dr.Cousineau provides free ohip insured eye examinations for all elgible patients under 19. Partial examinations within the year are also covered when required.

Our office stocks a wide range of eyeglass frames specially designed for children’s faces to choose from. Many have soft nose pads for extra comfort and spring hinges to withstand extra wear and tear. So remember regular eye examinations could be crucial for your child’s health care and personal development.

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