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Children Eye Exams

Children Eye Exams

Ensuring that your child begins receiving regular eye exams early in life is essential for learning and early development. 80% of a child's learning occurs through the visual system, and if a child has ocular problems that go undiagnosed, their performance in school may often suffer.

Starting eye exams early and choosing a kid-friendly eye clinic is also a great way to get your kid invested in taking care of their eyesight, wearing glasses, and developing healthy eye care habits. At Market Mall Optometry, our primary goal is protecting your child's vision while making eye care fun.

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In today’s economy, many parents are in search of affordable eye care. Fortunately, there is no reason to delay your child exams due to insurance issues or concerns about high appointment costs, because all children’s eye exams are covered by provincial health care! Alberta Health Care covers comprehensive eye exams for all children in the province from 0 to 18 years of age.

When you book an appointment at our clinic, you can rest assured that your child will receive the best possible care, and that you will NEVER have to compromise on eye care due to exam costs. We are also happy to help you select durable, sturdy, and affordable glasses for your child.

EYE SEE ... EYE LEARN Program: Free Glasses For Kindergarteners

Even when eye exams are covered, the cost of eyeglasses for little ones can seem steep. Fortunately, parents are able to take advantage of the Eye See … Eye Learn program when their child is going into kindergarten.

ESEL is a program for kindergarten-aged children. Under this program, any child who has seen a doctor of optometry and requires eyeglasses will be provided with a free pair.

No forms are necessary. all you need to do is book an appointment with your Calgary Children’s Eye Doctor and tell them you would like to participate in Eye See … Eye Learn.


When Should I Schedule An Eye Exam For My Child?

While most adults only require an eye exam every two years, growing children can require eye exams on a slightly different schedule. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends you bring your child in for an eye exam on the following schedule:

  • Babies should have their first eye exam between six to nine months of age
  • Preschool-aged children should have at least one eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5 years
  • School-aged children between the ages of 6 to 19 years should have an eye exam annually.


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Whether you'd like to schedule your child's first eye exam or a contact fitting for your high school-aged son or daughter, our team can provide comprehensive care.

Schedule an eye exam with our experienced Market Mall eye doctors today or call our clinic at 403-286-4884.

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A children’s eye exam with your Calgary Kid's Eye Doctor tests for:

  • Color blindness
  • General eye health
  • Focusing skills
  • Near vision
  • Distance vision
  • Eye movement control
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Peripheral perception

After the appointment, your optometrist can also provide you with suggestions for helping you choose the right frames, what type of lenses work best, whether or not they are old enough for contact lenses, as well as give you advice on protective eyewear they might require for sports.

Even if your child is having regular eye exams, it can also be important to note any symptoms of eye strain or eye health changes between appointments.

Signs Your Child May Need An Eye Exam:

  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Excessive blinking
  • Squinting or covering one eye
  • Inability to maintain eye contact
  • Lowered concentration while looking at objects
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Holding a book close to the face while reading
  • Using a finger as a placeholder while reading
  • Performing below potential
  • Exaggerated clumsiness

We are conveniently located next to Milestones by the North entrance of Market Mall.

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We are located next to Milestones by the North entrance of Market Mall.
Our knowledgable and professional staff can answer all your questions. Call us today at 403-286-4884 or fill out the form below:

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