Kids Eye Health is so important. 80 per cent of a child’s learning is based on vision– excellent sight and eye health are critical to a child’s development.
But, surprisingly, one in five children has a vision disorder. Not knowing any differently, many of these children accept poor vision and other eye problems as normal. If left unchecked, serious long-term effects can result.
Nothing is more important than your child’s vision—yet one in five children entering school has a vision disorder, and one in six children has been misdiagnosed with a learning disability when in fact they have a correctable vision problem.
Not all children’s eye conditions have obvious symptoms.
Kid’s eye exams are FREE with a valid BC medical card.
Beyond Eye Screenings in School
Near vision is not tested in the simple eye screenings offered in schools—and near vision is especially important for reading books and seeing the computer screen clearly. Also, some of the most common children’s vision problems such as eye coordination, lazy eye, and farsightedness can be missed in an eye screening.
Children’s Eyes are More Sensitive
Children’s eyes are naturally more sensitive to environmental factors that can be damaging to their eyes:
- The average child receives three times the annual UV exposure than an adult.
- The lens of the eye of a child under age 10 allows more than six times the amount of UV radiation to penetrate than an adult’s eye.
- When you protect the skin around your eyes—and everywhere else—during the first 18 years of your life, the risk of cancer is likely to be reduced by 50%. This means that in addition to regular eye exams, you should make sure your children’s eyes and skin are protected from UV rays whenever they are outside—protect your children’s eyes from the sun with UV-blocking lenses, such as Transitions lenses, wide-brimmed hats covering the eyes, ears, face and neck, and sunscreen.
The best way to protect your kids eye health is to book their annual eye health exam with our optometrist at Mona Vision.