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Offering Pediatric Eye Exams in Calgary

Toddlers, children, and adolescents aren’t the most articulate bunch. So, many tots with eye conditions do not know how to express themselves when a problem exists. Plus, those with vision issues at birth have a limited frame of reference in determining how objects should actually appear. Industry experts note that up to 25% of primary school-aged children have unresolved vision issues. This statistic should be reason enough for many parents to consider the matter seriously. It is strongly recommended that your child undergoes pediatric eye exams at Calgary’s Focus West Optometry.

If you suspect they have a visual irregularity, complain of headaches, having issues with hand-eye coordination, or if their vision has never been tested with a licensed optometrist. You can have your child’s vision tested as soon as they reach six months in age.

We offer a range of options in correcting vision problems. These include frames, lenses, prescription sunglasses and more. Our friendly staff in Calgary is up-to-date with the latest technology and techniques to make your experience worthwhile.

What if My Child Received a Vision Test at School?

Many school-based vision tests use screening methods that do not detect certain vision problems. In fact, it is estimated 15-20% of school-aged children with vision problems go on untreated when the only screening method employed is through the school system.

School-based vision tests typically only check for ocular focus, also known as the “classic 20/20 test.” Your child may pass this vision exam, but still have issues clearly reading the words in a book or competing in sports.

When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Eye Exam?

Many optometric associations recommend having a child’s first eye exam at six months of age. By that stage, doctors can diagnose conditions such as crossed eyes and lazy eyes. If the child’s vision is satisfactory and no abnormalities are detected, you can then follow up with your optometrist once the child reaches three years of age, and then again when your child enters kindergarten.

This time period is critical in your child’s development as they begin to develop hand-eye coordination and depth perception. In order to build a child’s visual development, you can try activities such as sorting objects, painting, doing puzzles, etc. If you want to learn more, feel free to contact our optometrists for a pediatric eye exam in Calgary.

What is Tested During a Pediatric Vision Assessment?

Some of the visual acuity skills tested during a pediatric eye exam include:

  • Near vision (myopia)
  • Far vision (hyperopia)
  • Binocularity skills (eye teaming)
  • Eye movement skills
  • Amblyopia (“lazy eye”)
  • Convergence disorders (blurred vision, double vision, etc.)
  • Strabismus (“deviating eyes”)
  • Colour differentiation
  • Ocular focus
  • Awareness of peripheral objects
  • Hand-eye coordination

Schedule Your Child’s First Eye Exam

Your child’s prescription can change rapidly as they grow up. This is why regular eye check-ups are recommended. If you haven’t had your child in for an eye exam, or it’s been several years, we invite you and your child to come in for a pediatric eye exam in Calgary. New patients are welcomed at our clinic, just call our office to book your next appointment.

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Focus West Optometry

268 Stewart Green, SW

Calgary, AB T3H 3C8


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Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Sunday: Closed

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