Kids / Children’s Eye Exams provided by Our Optometrists
At what age should a child have a first eye exam?
Children’s Eye Doctor – Care & Examinations
Children should have their first routine eye examination between two and three years of age. However, if there are concerns such as an eye turn, frequent rubbing and blinking, infections or failure to meet developmental milestones, infants, as young as 6 months of age, can be examined by our eye doctors.
Eye examinations for children are crucial as 1 in 4 school-aged children have undiagnosed vision problems that can adversely affect their ability to learn. Your child does not need to be able to read or to identify letters to have an eye examination.
What is the cost of a children’s eye exam?
Kids Eye Exams: Free Annual exams up to age 19
OHIP covers a comprehensive eye examination once per year for children and adolescents in Ontario up to 19 years of age.
It’s widely quoted that 80% of learning is done visually, making children’s eye health absolutely essential.
No need to put off your kids’ eye test — make it a regular part of your child’s eye care.
Why Eye Exams Really Matter for Your Child – read our blog post
Myopia in Children – read our blog post
Are your kids wearing sunglasses? Make sure you read our blog post about protecting your child(ren)’s eyes from sun damage (all year round).
What is the cost of glasses for young children?
Free Eyeglasses for 4-year old Children in JK
Gloucester Family Optometrists and Almonte Family Optometrists participate in the Eye See Eye Learn (ESEL) program offered by the Ontario Association of Optometrists.
The ESEL program provides one pair of glasses at no charge, to every 4-year old child in Junior Kindergarten who requires them.
Children’s Frames & Lenses
Our optical dispensaries carry an excellent selection of children’s frames and sunglasses. We also offer an Essilor Junior Package that provides a second set of lenses at no charge. For full details please visit our main Services page.