At Metro Eye Care, our optometrists have been trained as pediatric specialists to better serve the unique demands of your children’s eyes.
Our specialists perform ocular assessments to better understand your child’s vision health history and the demands that they place on their eyes daily. After these assessments, we work with your family to determine the best eye care solutions that will help your children to see with clarity.
Our warm and welcoming staff will ensure that even your littlest ones love their optometry appointments. While parents will be happy to know that children and young adults under the age of 19 are covered for yearly eye exams with the presentation of their OHIP card. Yearly eye exams are essential to protect your children’s visual health. The majority of parents wrongfully assume that they will notice if a child has a visual impairment. However, many degenerative conditions do not have any external symptoms. Additionally, because young children do not have anything to compare their eyesight to, they will not inform you even if something is wrong. Therefore, the sooner that you and your children visit one of our pediatric optometrists, the more proactive we may be in protecting your children’s vision.
When you visit for an eye exam, our optometrists will discuss your child’s performance in school, specifically in math and reading. Connections are made to discover potential eye disorders explained in more detail below. Looking at the vision history, school performance, and your child’s comprehensive eye exam, the doctor will decide if your child needs further examination in binocular and accommodative function. This additional testing will uncover any eye tracking, eye teaming or focusing disorders that could potentially interfere with the child’s school performance.
Once a condition is diagnosed, the doctors at Metro Eye Care initiate a treatment plan. Treatment plans can be as simple as specific lens therapy, contact lenses, occlusion therapy (patching or atropine penalization), or vision therapy. Parents need to be aware that, in most cases, a child’s vision problems need to be managed differently than an adult’s. That is why it’s important to work with optometrists who have dedicated themselves to fully understanding the unique complexities of pediatric eyecare.