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Kids are very important at DeCoste Family Eyecare
Nothing is too good for our future visionaries! And we thoroughly enjoy kids visits to our office.
Parents often wonder how infants and toddlers can have their eyes checked if they can't read the eye chart. The reality is that we use special techniques and instruments to evaluate the vision and health of your child's eyes. In fact, we don't need their input at all to determine if they need glasses!
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends all children have their eyes examined by 6 months of age, again at age 3 and before starting school. Many childhood eye conditions, including lazy and turned eyes, occur between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. The success of treatment is highly contingent on early intervention.
Most normal healthy eyes are born farsighted which naturally decreases as the child ages up to age 9. This is why your optometrist will see your child every 1-2 years during this active growth stage.
Nova Scotia Health does cover routine eye exams for children every two years up to and including age 9. Don't assume that because your child has passed a school vision screening that your child has good vision. Good vision involves more than an ability to see letters on a chart – a thorough eye exam will ensure your child sees well at distance and near, is able to use and move the eyes in a coordinated manner, has normal color vision and most importantly, has healthy eyes.