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The Importance of Eye Examinations for Children

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Undiagnosed vision problems in children is an emerging concern for many Optometrists. It is estimated that 1 in 6 children have a vision problem that may affect their ability to perform at school. The visual system not only affects the way a child sees, but it also affects their ability to learn. It’s this relationship between vision and development that makes it so important to examine a child’s eyes before they reach school age. Safeguard your familys’ vision with annual eye exams at Dr. Abrams Woodbridge Eye Care Clinic.

As a Doctor of Optometry, Dr. Abrams provides comprehensive eye care services for infants, children , adults and seniors. Serving the communities of Vaughan, Thornhill, and Maple, Dr. Abrams is engaged in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders that affect the visual system. It is recommended that childen have their first eye exam before the age of 3 and then annually there after. In fact, your child doesn’t even need to know the alphabet – he or she can be properly assessed even without them saying anything. Doctor’s of Optometry may assess your childs visual system without any feedback from your child.

We know that vision plays an important role as every child develops. In fact, 80% of learning is directed visually and this has a direct influence on success at school, in social situations, and at play. Even the basic elements of eye-coordination and eye-hand coordination are critical when it comes to reading, writing, and safe play. Indeed, the child who suffers with even a minor vision problem may be experiencing short attention spans or poor concentration.

At the Woodbridge Eye Care Clinic, we believe that safeguarding eye health starts with regular eye examinations – and that goes for the entire family. We know from experience, for instance, that there is a direct link between vision and learning, and we also know that a preventive approach will enable us to detect those children at risk ensuring they receive the appropriate treatments in a timely manner.

Doctors of Optometry (and various participating school boards) are positioned at the forefront of children’s eye health, and offer eye examinations that are covered by our provincial health insurance (OHIP). It means that regular, annual assessments are feasible for every young child, and without experiencing any out-of-pocket costs. As a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, Dr. Abrams Woodbridge Eye Care Clinic makes a concerted effort to raise the awareness among parents of having their children’s eyes checked even before starting school.

Beyond the traditional diagnoses and treatments available at the Woodbridge Eye Care Clinic, Dr. Abrams can also arrange for referral visits to specialists. He also provides the required pre-operative and post-operative follow-up care. And most importantly, parents should remember the important link between vision and learning and ensure their familys’ eyes are assessed annually.

Written by Brian Abrams

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