Children’s Eye Exams in New Brunswick

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Set Your Child Up for Success with Annual Eye Exams

The minute your child is born, they learn and interact with the world around them through their sense of sight. As they grow, children’s visual systems continue to develop and change, giving them essential skills to learn and play.

Eye exams are vital for monitoring your child’s visual development and catching eye diseases or vision problems that could impact their ability to learn.

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), children should undergo eye exams to match their needs as they age. While we recommend following the CAO’s frequency schedule, each individual is unique, so we may recommend a different schedule for your child.

Children should receive their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months. This age is generally when your child will gain eye muscle control and start developing hand-eye coordination. This stage in life is also when issues like crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy eyes (amblyopia) will begin to surface.

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 should receive at least 1 eye exam. This exam will allow us to check your child’s visual development and uncover and treat potential issues before entering school.

Your child’s learning and development are primarily tied to their vision during these years. There are various activities you can use to help your child develop essential visual skills.

Your child’s dependency on their eyes will only increase once they enter school. They should undergo annual eye exams between the ages of 6 and 19 to help monitor vision changes, diagnose refractive errors, and detect potential eye conditions or diseases.

The Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams

Nearly 25% of school-aged children in Canada have some sort of undiagnosed vision problem. Because 80% of classroom learning is visual, this can severely impact a child’s ability to learn and develop.

Children who struggle with vision problems can become withdrawn and perform poorly academically. Uncorrected vision problems can even lead to developmental delays and lifelong disadvantages.

If left untreated, vision problems may cause your child to:

  • Learn at a slower rate than expected at their age
  • Grow frustrated with learning
  • Develop negative self-esteem
  • Develop behavioural problems

Because children don’t have a point of comparison, they may not be aware they’re having trouble with their eyes. Regular eye exams detect vision problems and other eye conditions early. This allows us to provide proper treatment, so your child’s eyes won’t hold them back.

If you notice any of the following please book your child for a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible:

  • Headaches or irritability
  • Red or watering eyes
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Squinting or excessive blinking
  • Excessive rubbing of the eyes
  • Lack of interest in books or TV
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Omitting or confusing words while reading

The Eye Exam

Our experienced and caring optometry team work hard to create a safe and welcoming environment for all ages.

Our children’s eye exams include testing for :

We also examine the internal and external eye structures for signs of eye disease or potential health conditions.

If your child does have a vision problem, we will counsel you on the available therapeutic options to address it. It may require eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye patches, or vision therapy. Treatments for many childhood eye conditions are generally more successful when caught early, while the eyes are still developing.

Regular eye exams are essential for monitoring your child’s eye health and visual development. Please book their appointment with us today, so we can help protect your child’s eyes.

Our Locations

St. George

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Saint John

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

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