Children's' Vision Month at Dr. Bruce Coward & Associates
At Dr. Bruce Coward & Associates, our optometry team is celebrating Children's Vision Month this October! We want to ensure that kids of all ages experience maximize vision and eye health throughout every stage of life.
Common Vision Problems Affecting Children
Some of the most common conditions we see and treat at our clinics include nearsightedness (myopia), lazy eye (amblyopia), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and strabismus (crossed eye), all of which can be managed with the help of our optometry team.
Here are a few signs and symptoms that your child may be having a vision problem:
- red, itchy, burning, or watering eyes
- increased light sensitivity
- eyes that are not aligned
- frequent squinting, eye rubbing, grimacing, or eye blinking
- impaired concentration, irritability, and decreased attention
- holding objects close in order to see
Depending on the underlying cause of your child's symptoms, our team can help your family figure out the best treatment options, which may include eyeglasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, and medications.
The Importance of Routine Eye Exams for Children
As kids grow, their eyes go through many changes. They are developing binocular vision, depth perception, visual acuity, eye/hand coordination, and more.
But because vision changes can happen so quickly in childhood, eye examinations are key to ensure everything is developing appropriately. Why? Many problems affecting vision can begin long before symptoms show up. Regular and early examination can improve the chances of early detection and treatment as needed if a problem is identified, which can drastically improve outcomes for your child in school, sports, and life in general.
So, how often does your child need to see us? Here's our recommendation:
- First comprehensive eye exam at age 6 months
- Next eye exam at age 3
- Next eye exam at age 5 or 6 (just before entering first grade)
- Annually or bi-annually thereafter
Keep in mind that these frequency guidelines may not be the best fit for your child, especially if he or she has a vision problem that requires more regular attention or monitoring. Our team is here to help you figure out the best plan of action for your child.
Is Your Child Having Trouble Seeing in School, in Sports, and in Daily Life? Our Pediatrics Optometry Team Is Here for You
Optometrist Dr. Bruce Coward and the rest of the eye doctor team are proud to be your area's leading family optometry providers, with state-of-the-art facilities in Trenton, Belleville, and Brighton, Ontario. Whether your child needs a pre-season eye exam or if she is complaining of vision problems in her day-to-day-life, our experienced pediatrics optometry staff can help. Call to schedule an appointment today!
- For Belleville: (613) 968-6560
- For Trenton: (613) 392-6211
- For Brighton: (613) 475-3900