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4 Reasons Why Back to School Eye Exams Are So Important

With school starting up, it’s now more important than ever to book an appointment with a Calgary children’s eye doctor. From trendy eyeglasses to contact lenses, we have everything you need to ensure your child’s vision is clear and comfortable for optimal learning.

Vision plays a very important role in a child’s educational, physical, and social development. In fact, young students learn more using their vision than they do with any of their other senses combined. That’s why it’s so important for parents to be aware of any possible signs of vision problems in children.

Some of the vision conditions that can affect children include:

  • Astigmatism
  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness


Our Calgary Eye Doctors Provide Comprehensive Vision Services For Children

At Market Mall Optometry, we understand just how critical your child’s vision is in their development. We offer a wide range of children’s vision services, from trendy eyeglasses and contact lenses, to emergency care and back to school eye exams to ensure your child’s vision is clear and comfortable.

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7 Common Signs of Vision Problems to Watch Out For

Eye exams play an important role in keeping your child’s vision clear, especially because many younger patients aren’t aware that they have vision problems. That’s why, as a parent, it’s important to see an eye doctor if your child exhibits any of the following behaviors:

  • Complains of frequent headaches, eye pain or double vision
  • Struggles to concentrate or pay attention
  • Squints or reads with one eye closed
  • Loses his/her place when reading or uses his/her finger to keep their place
  • Confuses similar looking words
  • Shows signs of poor reading comprehension
  • Writes sloppily

Why It’s So Important to Visit a Children’s Eye Doctor

In addition to vision issues, an eye exam for your child can also detect diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and other underlying health issues. This makes annual eye exams for children important for both their visual and overall health.



4 Reasons Why Back to School Eye Exams Are Important

You may have begun preparing your child’s school supplies, clothes, and even hair appointments, but one thing you must NEVER forget: booking them a back-to-school eye exam. Here are 4 reasons why this is so important:

  1. Children don’t often realize they have a vision problem: Studies have shown that 1 in 4 kids may have an undetected vision problem. Your eye doctor has the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to identify and correct any underlying sight irregularities during an eye exam.

  1. Vision problems interfere with learning. When left unmanaged, refractive errors such as myopia (difficulty seeing distant things clearly), can interfere with your child’s learning. By having an eye exam before school starts, we can determine if your child requires any form of vision correction.

  1. There is an increased use of digital devices in schools. Today, computers and other technologies may be incorporated into your child’s curriculum, which means they could be exposed to blue light from gadgets. This increases their risk of developing vision conditions. Your eye doctor can prescribe blue light lenses to protect your child’s vision.

  1. Prompt management of any conditions. If it turns out that your child is short sighted, has astigmatism, or another kind of vision impairment, then your eye doctor can prescribe glasses, contact lenses, or even certain eye exercises. Remember: when picked up early, most eye problems in children can be prevented or treated.


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Whether or not you’re concerned that your child has a vision problem, you should schedule a back to school eye exam with your Calgary eye doctor. At Market Mall Optometry, our team of qualified and friendly optometrists can ensure your child’s vision is clear and, if needed, begin developing a treatment plan to ensure they’re always seeing clearly and comfortably.

To find out more, visit our Calgary eye clinic at 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW (Next to Milestones) Calgary, Alberta, T3A 0E2.

Alternatively, you can contact us at 403-286-4884 or fill in our online contact form.

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