If you’re a parent, you naturally want your child to grow and learn. Vision and learning go hand-in-hand. While this statement makes total sense, it may surprise you to hear that 25 percent of Ontario’s children struggle academically because of trouble with their eye sight.
Perhaps even more surprising is that many do not exhibit any obvious symptoms at all, making it more difficult for parents and guardians to detect.
There are a few tell-tale signs of children struggling with their vision. These include:
-> regular headaches -> squinting while trying to focus -> rubbing their eyes or covering one eye when reading or watching TV -> complaints of challenges seeing the blackboard or smart board at school -> issues playing sports -> losing their place while reading -> using a finger to track where they are on a page
With all that said, there is no need to worry, as Peterborough Optometric is here to help. Staffed with three Optometrists and 17 certified Optometric Assistants, their entire team is ready to listen to and answer any questions you may have.
Whether your child is school-aged or younger, the friendly, knowledgeable and highly skilled staff at Peterborough Optometric are equipped to conduct a thorough and fun vision and eye health evaluation for your child.
Using Peterborough Optometric’s handheld auto-refractor, patients can have an accurate estimation of their potential need for glasses. The machine is easy to use and a reading is generated in no time at all.
These appointments are covered by OHIP from birth and right up until your child turns 20 years old. Not only is their vision assessed, but their overall eye health—including retinal health, colour vision and eye alignment—is tested as well.
eye health evaluations are covered by OHIP from birth right up until your child turns 20 years old
Are you concerned that your child might not be able to sit still? Don’t be. Peterborough Optometric is equipped with some of the latest technology that makes testing quick, easy and accurate for children of all ages.
Great news for parents of children in junior kindergarten! Peterborough Optometric is a proud member of the Eye See Eye Learn (ESEL) program. ESEL offers a complimentary pair of glasses to JK students who had their eyes tested at Peterborough Optometric and are in need of corrective lenses!
Not a candidate for ESEL? Perhaps you’re worried that your child won’t find a frame they actually want to wear or one that fits your budget? The Peterborough Optometric gallery offers an extensive selection of brands, sizes, price points and colours to meet the tastes of even the pickiest of wearers. Plus, did we mention their three year warranty?! If glasses just simply aren’t for your child, they also offer contact lenses as an option. The team at Peterborough Optometric is more than ready and willing to discuss all your options with you.
The key to managing conditions like myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and even “lazy eye” is early detection. Don’t wait for your child to express concerns with their vision: Be proactive and book an appointment when it’s most convenient for you.