The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends a complete eye exam for kids starting at 6 months of age, then at 3 years old and again prior to starting kindergarten. Yearly eye exams are recommended throughout their school years. These are important milestones for kids where the eyes and vision are still in developing stages and may need prompt treatment for common conditions. Certain eye related issues can only be properly treated at a young age and any delay can lead to serious long term problems. If a child does not yet know how to read or know the alphabet, we will be able to use age speci fic testing procedures to evaluate vision and eye health.
Furthermore, children may be suffering from eye related issues that can lead to difficulties in learning, behavioural problems or developmental delay. Comprehensive eye exams will ensure not only proper vision and eye health, but also accurate development of eye teaming skills, depth perception, and eye movement skills. These are all vital for proper learning since most of a child’s learning is based on vision.
A BC Care Card will cover kids eye exams yearly until the age of 19. It is important to keep up with annual exams to make sure changes in vision are addressed accordingly. The BC government also provides the Healthy Kids Program which, if eligible, will cover the cost of prescription eyewear once per year.