Vision can change quickly as your child develops, which means you should prioritize your children’s eye care. Factors that may change your child’s vision include improper blood sugar levels, injury to the eyes, normal physical growth or illness. The most common eyesight problems for children are nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness and astigmatism.
Loading the player...Childrens Vision Care David Mitchell, OD, discusses children's vision care.
Well children we like to see by age of three, certainly sooner if there's any inclination from their parents that there might be a problem. And this is where family history certainly comes into play. We can test the children quite easily to see if they're farsighted or nearsighted or might have astigmatism.
But it's also very imortant at this stage to see if they might have muscle imbalances. If that is the case then there are optometrists that specialize in vision training to try and get the coordination back. Children should also be seen by the age of five as they're starting school as a repeat exam.
Presenter: Dr. David Mitchell, Optometrist, Vancouver, BC
Now Health Network Local Practitioners: Optometrist