Children always need basic visual skills for good learning, such as near vision, distance vision, binocular coordination, eye movement skills, focusing skills, peripheral skills, and eye coordination. It is estimated that 5% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children suffer from various vision problems in Toronto.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children should receive comprehensive eye exams at six months of age, three years of age, and six years of age. After they enter school, eye exams should be taken every two years for any vision problems and needs for eyewear. Early detection and treatment of vision problems are crucial for children.
Most of the children may receive their first eye exam from a family eye doctor or pediatrician. Once suspected problems are found, parents should take their children to a professional ophthalmologist or optometrist for further examination with specific instruments. You can find specialized kids optometrist or Childrens Eye Doctor at Dr. D’Orio Eye Care in Toronto.
Items of children's eye exams include vision testing, eyeglasses determination, eye alignment testing, and probably, parent education. Parents should fill in a case history form about their children after making an appointment with the doctor. The form may ask for children's birth weight, full-term issue, pregnancy or delivery complications, current medications, and present allergies.
Parents should feel free to tell the doctor all of their children's eye conditions, such as frequent eye rubbing, excessive blinks, eye contact failure, poor eye tracking skills, as well as previous ocular diagnosis and treatments, family eye problems history, etc.
Infants at three or four months old should receive several eye tests to assess whether they have developed required focusing skills, color vision, and depth perception. Pupil response tests can show whether the children's eye pupil opens and closes properly in the presence or absence of light.