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Health Units Recommends Parents Start Eye Exams For Their Children At A Young Age

Posted: 2019-01-21 13:10:40 By: hbr

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is recommending that comprehensive eye exams by an optometrist are started at a young age so that vision issues can be found and corrected early.

Debby Oakley with the Health Unit says “Regular eye exams in childhood are important because not every child will show signs of vision problems.  Undetected and untreated vision issues can have a negative effect on children, especially once they get to school where so much of learning is visual.”

Undetected eye problems can result in learning issues, poor achievement in school and social isolation.

The Health Unit says eye exams are recommended for children between six and nine months of age, again between two and five years old, and every year after starting school.

Eye exams are free with an OHIP card for children 19 years of age and under.