Have you had your child’s eyes tested? If you homeschool, you may miss out one regular eye tests performed in school. I had never seen an optometrist when I was a child, but I had the annual eye exam when I was in grade school. You remember, the chart and the little spoon you hold up against one eye at a time? Well, apparently this is a simple sight test, and it does not compare to the extensive eye testing done by a qualified optometrist. They even administer retina exams, that scan the optic nerve and retina in your eye (don’t worry, it’s not like a science fiction movie). This retina scan allows the optomestrist to detect harmful eye diseases that can permanently effect your vision.
I beleive in BC, you child’s first eye exam is free under our BC Medical program. We did; however, have to pay for the retina scan @ $25 each. Although I wear glasses, my children’s vision tested at 20/20 vision. They enjoyed the exam and even learned a little about how the optic nerve sends signals to the brain that tells us what we are seeing. Pretty cool stuff for kids.
It is never too early or late for a professional eye exam, but better earlier than later. Although this was the children’s first eye exam, you can have them tested as early as age 1. Use your common sense. Does your family have a history of vision problems? Is your child having recurring headaches? Are they straining their eyes? Even what seems to be a learning disability can sometimes be caused by a vision problem.
So, go ahead and make the appointment. Remember, you can’t see what an optometrist sees.