Some of the most common indicators that your child is having vision problems include: avoiding close work or holding reading material closer than normal, rubbing of his or her eyes, headaches, squinting, tilting or turning of the head to use only one eye, use of a finger to maintain eye placement while reading, below potential performance at school, or closes an eye while reading. Even though your child may not be exhibiting any of these symptoms, they may still be experiencing eye health problems.
It is recommended that children begin receiving eye exams at six months of age. During this first eye exam your Optometrist will test for excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness and farsightedness. Your child will also be checked for astigmatism, eye movement ability, and a variety of eye health problems. Although eye health problems are rare among children, early detection and treatment can allow for these problems to be corrected, thus allowing vision to develop normally.
For children under the age of 19 years, Manitoba Health will cover the cost for an annual eye exam.
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Even though your child may see fine, there are many eye issues which only your Optometrist will be able to detect through a comprehensive eye exam.