It comes as a shock to many individuals to learn that the recommended age for a child's first eye exam is at six months of age, and absolutely no later than three years old.
By the time a child is old enough to attend kindergarten, 1 in 4 will develop some form of visual impairment. These impairments, which can often be treated, can frustrate children and present challenges in the classroom. It may cause them to avoid school work and act out during class in an attempt to eliminate the difficulties they are experiencing. Because of this, children are often misdiagnosed with behavioral disorders.
Eye conditions can develop without symptoms during childhood, and can affect their vision as they age. In many cases, children have lived with an eye condition since birth and may not know anything different. This means that they may not realize that something is wrong.
Dr. Bussey has received extensive training at the prestigious Illinois Eye Institute's Pediatric and Binocular Vision Clinic and is very comfortable with and competent in working with children.
Vision screenings in school look for obvious problems and often do not detect developing conditions, simply because they are not properly equipped to do so. School screenings are not comprehensive eye exams and do not test for "lazy eyes", focusing ability, depth perception and overall eye health.
Over 80% of learning is visual, and after the age of seven years old visual and eye development is finished and more difficult to correct.
Children are covered for eye exams under OHIP until the age of 19.