The Canadian Association of Optometrists conducted a study in 2016 which revealed the following points:

  • Alberta parents rank child eye health as one of their lowest health priorities, with less than 25 per cent choosing it as one of their top three concerns.
  • The survey revealed that more than 75 per cent of Alberta parents are unaware that vision problems can cause speech difficulties.
  • More than 50 per cent of Alberta parents are unaware that vision problems can lead to developmental delays.
  • 50 per cent of parents do not realize that a vision problem may be the cause of short attention spans in children.
  • 12 per cent of Alberta parents are not taking their child for a comprehensive eye exam.

Children should begin receiving comprehensive eye health exams at age 6 months and annually to age 17. These exams are paid annually by the provincial government. Read more about childhood eye health at the Children’s Vision section of our online Eye Health Library.

Book your child’s eye health vision exam online today for any of our Eye Health Centres locations in Calgary or Regina.