WHY EYE EXAMS FOR CHILDREN ARE IMPORTANT

WHY EYE EXAMS FOR CHILDREN ARE IMPORTANT

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7 Facts To Why Your Child Needs an Eye Exam

Parent’s Unable to See the Importance in Their Children’s Eye Health

A recent survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Association of Optometrists found that Ontario parents rank child eye health as one of their lowest health priorities, with only 27 per cent choosing it as one of their top three concerns.

“It is particularly concerning because eye health is such an important part of a child’s overall health and development,” says Dr. Jeff Goodhew, President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO).

1. Optometrists can help detect signs of diabetes through an exam.

2. 80% of children’s initial learning is visual.

3. Many eye conditions are underlying, and not something a child could detect, and bring to a parent’s attention that something is wrong.

4. Vision problems in children are commonly connected to problems including ADHS, dyslexia and speech impediments.

5. 25% of school age children have vision problems.

6. Children don’t necessarily know what “normal” or “correct” vision is so they are unlikely to be able to detect it and let a parent know.

7. If problems are detected early they can be treated effectively.

Recommendations:

Eye exams at early stages are sometimes offered by pediatricians, and offered in schools. In cases of further examination a child will be referred to an optometrist. It is recommended a child’s vision be examined as a newborn, infant, preschooler, school age and so on.

Vision is important throughout your life yes, however in the early stages of learning where much of the learning is visual or interactive vision health is something not to forget about.

Data and quote extracted from the Ontario Association of Optometrists https://www.optom.on.ca/OAO/News/OAO_Newsroom/Ontario_children_eyes_vision_school.aspx

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