Drs. Moison, Nurani, and Rughani recommend that children have their first vision assessment done by the ages of 2-3 years, then yearly afterwards. At this age we are able to assess the health and development of the eyes.
The main reason for such a young age is to diagnose the particular condition amblyopia or “lazy eye”. Lazy eye can only be effectively treated before a child reaches 5 years of age. After this point, unfortunately, despite corrective lenses, surgeries or laser intervention, a child would then remain with a lazy eye for life.
Children with nearsighted glass (myopia; need help seeing the distance clearly) can experience worsening of their prescription over time. Especially younger and teenage children can change rapidly. There exists effective methods (specific glasses, contact lenses and pharmaceutical drugs) that have been shown to stabilize a child’s prescription. This is referred as ‘myopia control’. These options are best discussed on an individual child’s needs with Drs. Moison, Nurani or Rughani.
Longterm changes associated with UV radiation
Dr. Anisa Nurani attended the University of Waterloo and graduated with her Doctor of Optometry Degree in 2002. Apart from her optometry duties and raising her two kiddos (Aiden and Arayah), she is currently serving on the Discipline Committee with the College of Optometrists of British Columbia.
For our purposes, UV radiation induces changes to the skin around the eye, the front surface of the eye, the lens and finally the rear of the eye or retina.
For these reasons, everyone should wear protective eyewear either with a UV 400 coating on spectacle lenses or UV protective sunglasses.
Are there times when UV is not a concern? Yes, nighttime and rain. These are the only two occasions where UV radiation does not reach us.
The cost of eye examinations for children under the ages of 19 years old are covered under MSP.