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SETON OPTOMETRY - 403.276.2020
   DEERFOOT MEADOWS OPTOMETRY - 403.455.3937(EYES)

Kids Eye Exam

According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected. This also goes for infants who develop and learn about the world around them through their sense of sight.

Comprehensive eye exams for children are covered each year by Alberta Health Care for children 18 years and younger.

Children should have their first eye examination at 6 months of age.

Some eye conditions are easier to treat when they are caught early while the eyes are still developing. So, it is important to diagnose any eye and vision issues as early as possible. Following the guidelines for children’s eye exams and staying alert to any signs of vision problems can help your child to reach his or her potential.

In addition to basic visual acuity (distance and near vision), our Eye Doctor will test other visual skills that are required for learning and mobility:

  • Binocular vision: how the eyes work together as a team
  • Focusing
  • Peripheral Vision
  • Color Vision
  • Hand-eye Coordination
  • Tracking

The eye doctor will also examine the area around the eye and inside the eye to check for any eye diseases or health conditions. This would also be a good time to share with the Eye Doctor any relevant personal history of your child such as a premature birth, developmental delays, family history of eye problems, eye injuries or medications the child is taking. Please also share, if you have noticed any concerns or issues that your child has that might indicate a vision problem.

Eye Exams from Birth – 24 Months
Eye Exams in Preschool Children: 2-5
Eye Exams in School-Aged Children: Ages 6-18

The cost of a complete eye exam, medical office visits, and contact lens evaluations varies depending on the use of insurance. Deerfoot Meadows Optometry accepts most vision and medical eye insurance plans. If you want to learn more about our eye examinations, or would like to book an appointment, please give us a call 403-276-2020 or 403-455-3937. We look forward to hearing from you.

“Hanna, MayBelle and Dr. Draper were excellent. My wife, two daughters (5 and 3) and I all went in together to get my eyes checked. All three ladies helped make the experience as enjoyable as it conceivably be. While it was not immediately apparent that they catered to young families once we had the clan inside the shop they immediately offered juice boxes, water, and Even candy. Hanna, MayBelle and Dr. Draper were great at dealing with my nervous daughters and by the time I was leaving my daughters were asking if they could come back again … which is a first for any kind of healthcare / practitioner visit. – Sean Malone”