Alberta Health Care covers eye examinations once each year for those ages 0 to 18 years.
Eye examinations are vital to the health and development of a child’s sight and should be done at age 6 months, age 3, age 5, and yearly thereafter. Instead of using a regular eye chart. Our doctors have various techniques and tools to help keep a child’s attention during the testing. These tests are fun and non-invasive but will help determine how the eyes and vision are developing.
During the exam, our doctors will test the eye’s alignment, eye coordination, test muscle and nerve development, the pupil’s rection to light and of course, the vision and the health of the eyes.
If your child is under the age of 5, the doctors recommend that they perform a special type of exam which includes a special eye spray that makes the child’s pupils very large. This is done for several reasons. Firstly, it allows the doctors to assess the health of the back of each eye with relative ease. Also, it allow the doctors to determine the child’s prescription accurately without the need for the child to give any feedback.
About 25% of school age children have vision problems that may contribute to difficulty seeing, reading or learning. This is why it is vital to have your child’s eyes examined regularly..
The Association of Optometrists along with Essilor Canada (KW Optical/Metro Optical) and Hilco Canada (Optiq Frames) have devised a program to ensure children in kindergarten receive an eye health exam as well as prescription glasses if needed.
Participating Alberta Schools would be able to provide you with a form that is completed by either an Optometrists or an Ophthalmologist which then needs to be returned to the school. Once this exam is done and should your child need glasses you can receive a free set of corrective eyewear..
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