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Children's Vision Care

Protect the Health of Your Child’s Eyes: Visit Kingsway Eye Care

Did you know that according to a study conducted by the Toronto District School Board in 2011, 25% of school age children have a vision problem, and yet according to the Canadian Optometric Association, 85% of children begin school without a proper eye exam!

Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they have not developed the sensory awareness to identify what “normal” vision looks like. Accordingly, parents will often not even realize there is a vision problem with their child.

Many serious eye conditions are asymptomatic, so parents may not even realize there is a problem with their child’s vision.

Also, children are incredibly adaptive and will not be aware if one eye is not functioning to its full ability. For instance, a child may have one eye that sees well, and consequently is more reliant on that eye. However, this adaptation has long term consequences for the eye that is not being used, which if left uncorrected, can cause blindness in that eye.

Often, many parents mistakenly believe that a “passed” Vision Screening conducted by their child’s Pediatrician, preschool or school physical indicates their child has healthy eyes. However, vision screen is not a comprehensive eye examination. Many eye conditions can pass a Vision Screening and yet pose a problem later down the road.

The only way to know with certainty if your child has health vision, is to have a comprehensive eye exam by an Optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Studies have shown that 61% of Canadian parents mistakenly believe that they would know if their child were having difficulty with their eye sight.

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Early childhood is a sensitive period for the development of a child’s visual system and undetected and untreated vision problems can lead to serious long-term visual impairments and developmental consequences.

At Kingsway Eye Care, we are here to protect your child’s vision and to help them reach their full potential.

It is recommended that children should have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months, and annually thereafter:

Learning & Development are Intimately Linked to Vision

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  • More than 80% of your child’s learning and development is based on vision, therefore excellent vision and eye health are essential for your child to reach their full potential.
  • Visual development is a process that begins prior to your child’s birth and continues throughout life.
  • Every movement, shape, colour, texture and picture your child is exposed to contributes to the development of their visual skills. When these visual skills work together, your child is able to see and understand clearly.
  • By investing in your child’s health and vision, you are enabling them to play, learn, socialize and experience all that life has to offer.

Some children with poor vision are mistakenly labelled as having a learning disability or behavioural problems. When in fact, studies reveal that 70% of children with behavioural problems have diagnose vision problems.

If detected, these conditions can be corrected by an Optometrist. Often corrective lenses or vision therapy will be prescribed, enabling young children with poor vision to rapidly catch up to their peers.

The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less of an impact it will have on the child’s development.

Uncorrected vision problems can lead to:

  • Learning at a slower rate than other children
  • Frustration with learning
  • Behavior and discipline problems
  • Possible need for special education and related services

Kingsway Eye Care Family Optometry Cares

Vision occurs in partnership with the eyes and the brain. The longer a child’s vision problem goes diagnose and untreated, the more a child’s brain learns to accommodate a vision problem.

Early detection and treatment provides the best opportunity to correct a vision problem.

At Kingsway Eye Care Family Optometry, we are focused on the ocular health of your children and family.

Dr. Do and the Kingsway Eye Care team pride themselves on providing gentle and compassionate care for your little ones.

We believe that your children deserve the best eye care and the opportunity for a lifetime of clear vision and healthy eyes.

Protect your children’s vision and visit us at Kingsway Eye Care to see how we stand out from other optometry offices.

Early Intervention is Essential

Your child’s vision is priceless, early detection of common childhood eye conditions is critical in fostering healthy visual development and maintaining healthy eyes for life.

Every child, even those without noticeable eye problems, should have an eye examination before his or her first birthday. Early detection of treatable eye disease in infancy and childhood can have far reaching implications for vision and, in some cases, for general health.

Ambloypia (also known as “Lazy Eye”) is an example of an eye condition that requires early detection and intervention (before the age of 6) for a full visual recovery. Amblyopia affects one or both eyes and results from an uncorrected refractive error or a misalignment of the eyes (Strabismus) during the early stages of a child’s visual development.

Untreated amblyopia affects everyday visual tasks. In fact, a study reported by the Canadian Optometrist Association, reported that AMBLYOPIA individuals perceive their visual condition to affect their school performance (55%), work performance (48%) and general lifestyle (50%).

Another condition that commonly affects children is Strabismus (also known as “Crossed Eyes”). Strabismus is not uncommon in newborns due to incomplete vision development, and usually self-corrects as the newborn’s visual system develops. However, when Strabismus does not self-correct, and the condition remains untreated, it can lead to double vision, amblyopia or visual symptoms that could interfere with reading and classroom learning.

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At Kingsway Eye Care, young children are tested for visual acuity capabilities with a child-friendly eye chart that is both easy to understand and administer. Visual conditions like Amblyopia and Strabismus as well as other conditions are tested, and if detected, treatment is promptly administered.

All children are also dilated (if possible) and given a retinal photo examination to establish a baseline of the retinal health of each eye.
Your child’s vision is priceless. Bring them in for their annual comprehensive eye exam and give them the gift of clear vision and healthy eyes for life.

Frequently Asked Question by Parents

Q: My child has “Passed” a Vision Screening, does he/she still need to see an Optometrist?

Yes!!

Parents often do not recognize that there are considerable differences between a Vision Screening and a Comprehensive Eye Examination by an Optometrist.

A Vision Screening conducted at a Pediatrician’s office, as part of a preschool or school physical cannot substitute for a professional Comprehensive Eye Examination by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.

Vision Screenings evaluations provided by Pediatricians or other primary care practitioners generally only include a screening of visual acuity and gross ocular alignment.

In other words, your child can “pass” a vision screening, yet have an eye condition.  This creates a false sense of security and serve as an unnecessary barrier to the early diagnosis of vision problems in your child.

The only way to absolutely verify the ocular health of your child is to bring your child to an Optometrist for a Comprehensive Eye Examination.

For instance, the following conditions may be present in your child, yet will not be detected in a Vision Screening:

Accommodative esotropia Learning difficulties related to vision
Amblyopia Myopia
Astigmatism Naolacrimal duct obstruction
Brown Syndrome Nystagmus
Congential cataracts Optic nerve conditions
Color blindness Ptosis
Conjunctivitis Retinopathy of prematurity
Convergence insufficiency Strabismus
Cortical visual impairment Duane Syndrome
Cranial nerve palsies Esotropia
Hyperopia Exotropia

Only a Comprehensive Eye Exam by an Optometrist can identify if any of the above conditions are present in your child.

Q: Does Kingsway Eye Care conduct speaking engagements for children's vision care?

Absolutely Yes.

Kingsway Eye Care knows that most parents are unfortunately not aware of the importance of children’s eye exams.

For this reason, Kingsway Eye Care conducts complimentary presentations at local Etobicoke preschools to educate parents about the importance for early eye examinations for their little ones.

To enquire about Kingsway Eye Care presenting at your child-related engagement, please enquire.