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Grande Prairie, AB
(780) 513-2020

Children’s Eye Exams

Regular eye exams for children ensure they are prepared to succeed academically and personally.

Being a kid isn’t easy, and struggling with vision problems doesn’t make it any easier. Kids, due to a lack of life experience and simply not knowing any better, often struggle to articulate when they are experiencing challenges with their vision.

Many kids do have vision problems, with nearly 1 in 4 school-age children requiring some form of vision correction. Imagine trying to take notes from the board or participate in lessons with hazy, fuzzy vision. It can’t be easy.

Alberta Health covers basic annual eye exams for kids 18 years and younger. We also recommend a digital retinal image on all children to document and monitor for any health conditions or diseases. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words! The digital retinal image is not covered by Alberta Health.

Has Your Child Had an Eye Exam Recently?

If it has been more than a year since the last eye exam for your child, we invite you to request an appointment to schedule an eye exam at a time convenient for you.

The eye exam is painless and non-invasive; your child has nothing to fear. Most of the time kids are fascinated by all the equipment we use when performing the exam!

Frequently Asked Questions About Eye Exams for Kids

When should my child have their first eye exam?

The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recommends that your child receive their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months.

Preschool children ages 2 to 5 should have at least one eye exam prior to starting kindergarten. This will ensure that they have everything they need to enjoy a new environment full of fun and learning.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recommends eye exams annually for children age 18 or younger. As kids mature their bodies – eyes included – change rapidly. Annual eye exams will ensure that any changes to their vision are addressed before they cause problems academically or socially.

Alberta health provides financial coverage for basic annual eye exams for kids age 18 and younger. We also recommend a digital retinal image on all children to document and monitor for any health conditions or diseases. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words! The digital retinal image is not covered by Alberta Health.

An eye exam is fast – lasting an average of 30min – and completely painless. We really enjoy seeing kids and try to make everything we do into a fun game.

The Importance of Eye Exams for Kids

Staying on top of ocular health is important, but particularly so for kids. As adults we can draw on our breadth of experiences to let us know when things aren’t right. A child that has been living with vision problems their whole life (for example) may not know any better. Not only that, but children are highly adaptive and often simply assume that what they’re experiencing is part of growing up.

Learning & Playing

Often, when a child struggles in school, we can trace its root to the eye. Since over 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually, it’s vital that their ability to see is unimpaired. Vision influences so much, from hand/eye coordination to learning and social development.

What You'll Find at Aurora Eye Care

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

Are Your Sunglasses UV Safe? +

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Buy a Pair, Support a Pair +

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

More Accurate Corrective Lens Prescriptions +

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

Where Aurora Eye Care is Located

Location Information

We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.

Address

9920 92 St
Grande Prairie AB, T8V 5N8

Contact Information

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Pamela Giles
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter
  • Dr. Kent Manville
  • Dr. Charlotte Forgie
  • Dr. Natasha Chrenek
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