Kerrisdale’s Day was a success at Avenue Eyecare. Many parents booked their kids for their first eye exam for the school year. On many occasions, I was asked about the difference between the school’s vision screening and an eye exam with a doctor of optometry. I hope this post answers this common confusion.
Kid’s Vision Screening
Vancouver Coastal Health’s public health staff screen for vision problems in young children aged three and five. Three year olds are screened in a variety settings including preschools, daycares and other community locations where children learn and play. Five year olds are screened at school.
During the vision screening, the child’s vision will be measured by a hand held vision screener that the child looks at. Depth perception is checked using a matching game that the child plays with using special glasses. After the screening, children who require follow-up are encouraged to visit an eye care professional such as an optometrist.
A vision screening cannot diagnose exactly what is wrong with your child’s eyes; instead, it can indicate that you should make an appointment for an eye exam.
Child’s Eye Exam
A kid’s eye exam is usually performed by an eye care professional such as an optometrist. They will evaluate your kid’s health/vision history, refraction/visual acuity testing (glasses prescription if needed), binocular vision (muscle function), visual field(side vision test), and eye health.
The doctor will be able to determine if the visual problems are from a refractive error (ie. eyeglass prescription related), muscle, or disease-related problem.
1 in every 5 children has a vision disorder and 80% of what a child learns from is from their eyes. Every child between the age of 6 months to 18 years should have their eyes checked annually. The vision screening program is great and has referred us many children with vision problems. However, it is not a replacement for an eye exam. I have seen some children with eye problems who has passed the screening. On the flip side, I have also seen children who have failed the screening but were perfectly fine.At Avenue Eyecare, the exams are fully covered by BC Care Card and there is no extra cost to the parents. If you have any questions or concern, feel free to contact us.
Vancouver Kerrisdale Optometrist
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