Early examination of children is critical for prevention of vision loss due to amblyopia or ‘lazy eye’. Amblyopia is a problem of development of the eyes and can result from uncorrected vision. It is believed that our visual systems continue to develop until 7-9 years of age. Therefore, it is important to have an eye examination with an optometrist prior to this age.
Dr Susan Issa, optometrist performs eye exams for young and school-age children in our clinic. During the exam, Susan Issa will check your child’s visual acuity if possible depending on the child’s age and check the alignment of her eyes. She may need to use drops that relax the muscles inside the eye in order to assess your child’s vision. A pediatric optometry exam includes an ocular health assessment.
Myopia (nearsightedness) in children is increasing at an alarming rate. Myopia is becoming more and more prevalent around the world. By 2050, research suggests that 50% of the world’s population may be myopic. Myopia is considered elevated as of -6D, at which point the risk of pathologies such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts and maculopathy increases.
There are several risk factors that contribute to the likelihood of developing myopia. These factors include genetics, eye length and environmental conditions.
It’s important to delay myopia onset until after 10 years old because progression of myopia is much faster before the age of 10.
Studies show 1-2 hours per day of outdoor time before myopia onset can provide a protective effect against myopia.
We recommend no screen time for children under the age of 2. Between the ages of 2 and 8, children should be on screens for no more than 1 hour per day. For children over the age of 8, a maximum of 2 hours of screen time per day for leisure (excluding school work) is recommended.
Nutrition is also an important factor that can influence the length of the eye. Foods with high glycemic content are more likely to lead to myopia.
There are several treatment options available to help control myopia progression, including orthokeratology (wearing hard contact lenses overnight), soft multifocal lenses, pharmaceutical drops and myopia management glasses lenses.
Eyeglass lenses for Myopia Management
New contact lens specifically designed for the pediatric eye, now available at ROCKLAND EYE.
Please note our optometrists do not participate in the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) public healthcare plan. There are examination fees for all patients including patients aged 0-17 and 65 and older.
Please note that you will still be eligible for the $300 reimbursement from the RAMQ as part of the government’s See Better To Succeed program, even if you purchase your child’s glasses at our clinic.