An estimated 10% of children have vision problems, and Alberta College of Optometrists estimates that approximately 25% of those children are going untreated. The reason for this is likely due to children not knowing any better. If they have spent their entire life with poor vision, they won’t know what they are missing.
80% of learning is visual. Children who cannot see as well as they should will often have difficulties in the classroom. A 2012 study done by Ohio State University found that 70% of students with learning difficulties had vision problems. Trouble in the classroom can lead to difficulty making friends and bullying.
Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles provided eye exams and glasses for 870 students at 30 different schools and followed their progress for a year. They found that once the students received glasses, their math and reading grades improved. The UCLA Medical School says that glasses are the most effective and efficient way to help students with poor vision improve their grades.
Prestige Vision Center carries a wide selection of children’s frames from many popular brands, including Disney and Ray Ban. We teach children how to wear their glasses correctly and care for them to avoid damage.
What are the most common vision problems for children? Lazy eye (amblyopia), nearsightedness (myopia), and farsightedness (hyperopia) are the most common causes of vision difficulties in children. However, it is important to get regular eye exams to make sure nothing more serious is affecting the vision.
How young can my child get an eye exam? According to the American Optometric Association, children should begin getting annual eye exams at 6 months of age.
How much does the exam cost? Eye exams for children are covered by Alberta Health through age 18. There is no out of pocket fee for the exams. Insurance (such as Blue Cross, Green Shield, etc) often provide benefits for the cost of exams for adults and for the cost of glasses.