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How often should I bring my child to an eye exam? 

Your child should have a comprehensive eye exam every year. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends scheduling your child’s first eye exam when they are six to nine months old. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers a comprehensive eye exam for your child every 12 months. Your child is also entitled to a partial eye exam in case any sudden issues arise.

Children are highly adaptable to lower vision quality and have more difficulty communicating that they are having trouble with their eyesight. Bringing your child to an optometrist for annual eye exams can ensure that any existing vision issues are being addressed.

Many children develop myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, at a young age. Myopia can progress very quickly in children and is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, screen time, outdoor time, and more. While the onset of myopia cannot be controlled, its progression can be greatly slowed down with different intervention methods.

Nearsightedness is becoming increasingly common in children, and the first step to combating it is bringing your child in for regular eye exams.

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