Insight Eyecare - Optometrist in Surrey BC
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Children’s Vision Care

Children's Vision Care

NO FEE Eye Exams for Children under the age of 19*

*No additional fees with valid BC CareCard. Children are covered for eye exams by BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) every year! Please note contact lens services for children are not covered under MSP and additional fees will apply.

It is very important to have your child’s eyes tested on a regular basis because 80% of their learning is based on their vision or how they see. If the problem is not discovered and addressed, children can end up falling behind in school and can be mistakenly diagnosed as learning-disabled. In fact, one out of six children that are diagnosed with a learning disability actually has a vision problem that can be corrected!

At Insight Eyecare, the doctors recommend that all children should be examined by the age of 6 months, then at the age of 3, and yearly thereafter. Our doctors know how important children’s vision is in their development and learning – that is why our office does NOT charge any additional fees for children’s eye exams, unlike many other Optometric practices.

Since one in five children have a vision disorder, we know that early detection will lead to a better chance of correction. Yearly eye exams are strongly recommended for all children due to the fact that children’s eyes and vision can change rapidly as they grow.

You may be wondering how it’s possible to test infants and toddlers that may not be verbal or don’t know their alphabet. Our doctors can examine children using pictures, lights, and other child friendly ways that can make their visit to the eye doctor as fun as possible, while still ensuring a thorough vision and eye health check.

Although some serious eye conditions do not have any warning signs, the following are some signs that a parent can watch for that may suggest that their child may be suffering from an eye problem:

  • Sitting very close to the TV
  • Holding objects too close
  • Squinting
  • Covering one eye when looking at something
  • Avoiding near activities i.e. reading books
  • Crossed eye(s)
  • Complaints of headaches, blurred vision, or double vision
  • Poor coordination, balance, and depth perception
  • Tilting of the head on a regular basis
  • Has a white pupil
  • Excessive blinking or rubbing of the eyes
  • ¬†Losing place while reading
  • Slow reading speed or below average reading comprehension
  • Short attention span or lack of concentration when performing visual tasks

Please call 604-535-8118 to book your child’s next eye exam.