One of the most amazing things in life is growing up and experiencing new things. New sights, sounds, situations, and people all help shape us as grow from who we were into who we become. Throughout our young lives our sight provides us with the ability to see new and exciting things.
With no frame of reference to compare their experiences to, children are quick to adapt to new situations and challenges. This includes their vision, where nearly 25% of kids require some kind of vision correction and only half know about it. After all, if you don’t know any better, how can you know when something is wrong?
An eye exam takes approximately 1 hour to complete, including our pre-examination testing. During the eye exam we will assess your child’s vision quality, determine their corrective lens prescription (if needed), as well as identify any underlying eye diseases or conditions that may be influencing their vision.
The eye exam is non-invasive and is not painful.
Refractive errors, eye alignment problems, and other vision disorders – Strabismus, amblyopia, and other vision disorders often begin in early childhood. If left untreated, many vision disorders can eventually lead to complete vision loss in the affected eye. However, if caught and treated early, most do not cause lasting vision impairment.
1 in 4 kids require corrective lenses due to a refractive error (such as nearsightedness or farsightedness). Imagine trying to read your textbook when you have undiagnosed farsightedness, or trying to read the board when you have undiagnosed nearsightedness- how frustrating would that be!
99 out of 100 times, a pair of prescription glasses solves the problem and provides proper visual acuity.
Eye teaming, pairing, and function – It is important that the eyes work together as a team (a process called “eye teaming”). Proper eye teaming is essential for great lifelong vision.
Pre-Examination Testing – Our pre-examination tests are a series of diagnostic tests performed with an optometric assistant and various pieces of equipment. Our offices are equipped with some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment available in eye care today, and we are proud to be able to offer our small town and rural patients access to advanced care without having to make a long drive to Calgary or Lethbridge.
Our offices in High River and Vulcan utilize the Topcon Maestro ocular coherence tomography equipment to take detailed images of your child’s retina and optic nerve. While rare, eye diseases such as glaucoma can form in kids. The OCT quickly and effectively screens for these kinds of diseases.
We also utilize high-resolution retinal imaging, using either the Zeiss Visucam (at our Okotoks office) or the Canon Retinal Camera (at our Nanton and High River offices). In addition to being an important diagnostic tool (for many eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy), we can compare images of the eye over time to better understand how it is maturing.
Optometrist-Assisted Testing – After the pre-testing is complete, you and your child will meet with the optometrist who will complete the eye exam. The optometrist will complete specialized tests, such as the slit lamp exam, many of which build off of the information obtained during the pre-testing.
An eye exam says what your child doesn’t. Using high-tech equipment, we can see deep into the eye in great detail. Any underlying vision problems are quickly found.
Most kids do not need glasses, and in those cases, the eye exam is simply another quick and painless appointment. For the 25% of school-age children that need glasses, the eye exam will unlock improved sight.