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We Love Teaching Kids About Vision!

Children Need Annual Eye Exams

Children need regular eye exams just like they need a regular health exam. Children’s eyes can change as they grow and it is not always visible to the parent that the child is having visual issues. Children adapt readily and may not indicate verbally or by actions that there is a problem. It is estimated that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems, according to a recent article published by the CAO (Canadian Association of Optometrists). It is also estimated that only 14% of children under 6 years of age receive a professional eye exam.

Learning and Vision Go Together

Everything a child does is affected by their vision. Their movements, skills and language development are all affected by how well they see. It also affects how quickly they learn as it can affect their reading, writing, copying and staying on track in classroom settings. If their skills and development are affected so are their confidence and growth levels. Apex Vision in Callingwood suggests that parents set a standard for ongoing eye health exams for their children and the entire family. Early detection and treatment of eye and vision concerns are key to a happy, healthy, well developed child.

We Cater to Kids

We have the latest in technology in our brand new, modern facility. Children love to hear what we are doing as we use different instruments to test eye functions and vision. We show kids what we see and they think that’s cool! We have funky, new frame styles and choices for even the most discerning of children. We are sure your kids will love their eye exam at Apex Vision!

Our Warranty for Kids

We know that kids are rough on eye wear. That is why we carry the best selection of durable eye wear choices. Our frames also have a one year manufacturer’s warranty, so if something happens, we are here to help.

Important Information About Children’s Eye Exams:

How often should you take your child for an eye exam?

Only an examining Optometrist can determine the exact frequency a patient should be having an exam but here is a guide published by the CAO for children with low risk:
Infants and Toddlers (birth to 24 months): Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months.

Preschool Children (2 to 5 years): Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years.

School Age Children (6 to 19 years): School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually.

Are Children Covered by Alberta Healthcare?

Albertans under the age of 18 years old are covered for a basic eye exam, if performed in Alberta.
Early eye exams also are important because children use their eyes for basic visual skills that lead to learning:

  • Hand–eye coordination
  • Focusing on objects
  • Close up vision
  • Far away vision
  • Side vision

Of Learning is Visual

Next Steps

Our Thorough Process for Children

The eye exam is performed in two parts, first being administered by a Pre-Test Technician (Optometric Assistant) and second by the Optometrist.

Pre-Exam
  • A digital retinal scan of the back of the eye which can detect early signs of eye disease such as macular degeneration, and cataracts as well as signs of diabetes, a detached retina or retinal holes, optic nerve health and overall retinal tissue health.
  • Vision Fields which test side vision (peripheral) and can help identify macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness in children.
  • Auto Refraction which measures the curvature of the eye and gives an estimated prescription reading which the Eye Doctor will verify.
  • NCT or Non-Contact Tonometer which measures the pressure of your eye, an important test for identifying signs of Glaucoma.
Eye Exam
  • An overall examination of eye health including a second view of the front surface and back of the eye.
  • A vision test to verify prescription including visual clarity and visual preference.
  • A review of the digital retinal scan to determine any concerns.
  • A comparison of year over year vision results if applicable.
  • A thorough explanation of the findings and vision recommendations.
How Long Does the Exam Take?

Our eye examinations take approximately 30 – 60 minutes and are available at our Callingwood location. A certified and experienced Optometrist will conduct the exam once one of our professionally trained eye care staff has completed the preliminary tests.