Early Eye Care is Important!

Children’s vision has a direct impact on development, learning, and behaviors, which is why annual comprehensive eye exams are an important part of your child’s health care routine.

All children ages 0-18 who reside in BC are eligible for eye examinations, and MSP will help contribute to a portion of the examination cost

How Often Should My Child See the Optometrist:

Babies: first visit between 6-12 months old
2-18 years: annually

Did You Know That:

• 80% of a child’s learning involves vision and visual processing
• 1 in 4 school-age children has an undetected vision problem
• Children rarely complain of vision problems since they don’t realize they
see the world differently than others
• Vision problems can be mistaken for other developmental problems such
as dyslexia or ADHD
• Enhancing a child’s vision can directly enhance their academic
performance and lifelong learning skills

Child's vision test

What Are Some Eye Signs to Watch For:

• blurry or double vision
• tilting the head or covering/closing one eye
• a strabismus (turned eye)
• difficulty with reading and/or avoiding near work
• rubbing, tearing, red, itchy or burning eyes
• poor coordination in sports and fine motor activities (eg. printing)
• headaches, eyestrain, squinting and excessive blinking

Eye tracking