Much of the visual system’s development occurs early in life.
Fortunately, at Stoney Creek Eye Care, you will find the most trusted eye doctors in Stoney Creek for your child’s vision. Children are a priority at our clinic. Our office and our staff are child-friendly; our eye doctors have the extensive experience to quickly and accurately diagnose vision impairments in children. Our team members are approachable and cheerful, which helps children remain comfortable throughout their visit.
Eye Care for Children
Some of the most common eye problems that develop in childhood are Amblyopia and Strabismus. The former is also called lazy eye, in which one eye can see clearly and the other can’t. The latter is a misalignment of the eyes; one eye is turned outward, inward, downward, or upward. Both conditions should be treated as soon as possible—and our comprehensive pediatric eye exams can detect them and help you prevent complications in the future.
Our eye exams include a series of vision and eye tests, eye coordination movements and eye focusing and movement.
Our pediatric optometrists in Hamilton, CA also offer prescription glasses and contact lenses. Our eye doctors will discuss your variety of options for eyeglasses, sunglasses, or contact lens to select the eyewear that best fits your child’s vision requirements and lifestyle.
Other than that, we also offer the following services to children:
- Dry eye therapy
- Computer vision syndrome and Digital Eye Strain
Vision Issues in Children
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends a child’s first exam be performed at 6 months of age with yearly examinations after that. Children with certain vision problems may need to be followed more frequently. 5-10% of preschool children and 25% of school aged children have eye vision problems.
At least 80% of our learning is visual, through our eyes. Young children usually aren’t aware they have a vision problem and a routine eye exam can often detect early visual conditions. Approximately 60% of literacy and reading issues are due to an undiagnosed vision condition.
Parents aren’t usually aware that their child may have a vision issue. A child with a high degree of farsightedness (hyperopia) may appear to see well but they are straining their visual system as their eyes have to work much harder than average. This would impact their learning ability. Similarly, a child with one weak eye (amblyopia) is usually unaware of this. This is usually detected during a routine examination by your optometrist and can be corrected if caught early on. After a certain age, the neural connections (wiring between the eye and the brain) are solidly formed and the correction of an amblyopic eye is much less successful.
During a comprehensive children’s eye exam, your optometrist may check:
- For the presence of hyperopia (farsightedness)
- For the presence of myopia (nearsightedness)
- For the presence of astigmatism (can affect both distance and near vision)
- Binocular vision – the coordination between both eyes
- Ocular motility – the accuracy of eye movements
- Stereopsis – depth perception
- Colour vision – the ability to see colours accurately (much more common in males)
- Accommodation – the accuracy of focusing at different distances
- Screen for ocular health issues
Children’s eye exams can be done at any age, even if a child is not able to read an eye chart. Dr. Louis Bahoshy and the optometrists at Stoney Creek Eye Care will tailor the tests used to the child’s age and abilities. Testing techniques such as retinoscopy require no cooperation from the child except to look straight ahead for a short period of time. The optometrist shines a light towards the child’s eyes and will adjust the lenses in a systematic way depending on the way the light is reflected back. The end result gives the optometrist an accurate indication of the presence and amount of farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. Picture charts may be used as well as other child friendly techniques.
Eye See…Eye Learn program
Dr. Louis Bahoshy and the children optometrists at Stoney Creek’s Stoney Creek Eye Care are proud to partner with the Eye See…Eye Learn program. This program is funded in part by the Ontario government and is dedicated to make sure parents understand the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams for children. Each year, thousands of school children start school without having their eyes checked. There is a strong link between vision and learning and children who have even minor vision problems may fail to reach their full potential in school.
This program is for children entering or are in junior kindergarten (born in 2013). If a child needs glasses, they will receive a complimentary pair donated by Nikon lenses, OGI frame supplier and their optometrist.