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Children’s Eye Exams in Port Moody

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Has Your Child Had Their Annual Eye Exam?

School is hard. It’s a long day of sitting still and soaking in information. Can you imagine how much harder it would be if you couldn’t see the whiteboard?

About 80% of learning is visual, so healthy eyesight is essential to your child’s academic success. Set your child up for a positive learning experience; have their eyes tested.

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Eye Exams Should Start Early

We recommend bringing your child in for their first eye exam at 6 months old. Afterwards, they should have their eyes examined every year.

Making Eye Care Fun and Kid Friendly

Eye exams can be a little scary for kids. That’s why we go out of our way to make children’s eye exams entertaining and engaging. Kids don’t always have the necessary language to communicate what they’re experiencing, so we’ll do everything we can to engage them to attain the responses we need.

Eye Issues Commonly Found in Children

The most common eye issues detected in children are refractive errors, strabismus, amblyopia, and colour vision deficiencies.


Myopia (or nearsightedness) is becoming increasingly common and is a leading cause of visual impairment in children. The condition occurs when your eye shape is too long or the curvature is too steep, causing light to incorrectly focus in front of the retina. When the light doesn’t refract or bend correctly, our brain perceives images as blurry. In the case of myopia, distances or far-away objects are unclear.

Myopia control in children can help prevent the condition from worsening.

Though strabismus and amblyopia are different conditions, they have a similar effect.

Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes, usually due to incorrect muscle tension in one of the eyes. As a result, one or both eyes turns (in, out, up, or down), but not in the same direction.

Since the eyes are not correctly aligned, they cannot work together to provide clear binocular vision. Strabismus usually requires surgical correction.

Amblyopia is commonly referred to as a “lazy eye.” When the eyes are not teaming properly, the brain starts ignoring the signals from one eye to get a clearer image. The eye that’s not being used can wander, often becoming lazy or seeing less than the dominant eye.

Amblyopia will not correct itself. The brain and eyes need to be trained to work together through vision therapy. If they don’t, your child could experience vision loss.

Colour vision deficiency (or colour blindness) affects over 300 million people worldwide. The eye condition is not blindness, but rather a condition that makes certain colours difficult to tell apart.

Detecting the eye condition can make a significant learning difference, as many classroom materials are colour-coded. Unfortunately, as a result, your child may be incorrectly diagnosed with a learning disability rather than receive the modifications they need to succeed.

Regular eye exams can help us understand your child’s visual abilities and help you prepare your child’s future.

How Our Children’s Eye Exams Work

Every comprehensive eye exam covers vision, eye health, and discussion. Understanding a child’s ocular health means knowing their family history, including health conditions that can affect sight.

The diagnostic tools and tests will vary, mainly if there is an eye condition or purpose for a visit. However, a routine children’s eye exam will include:

  • General eye health
  • Eye coordination
  • Colour-blind testing
  • Refraction (focusing)
  • Visual acuity (sharpness)

If a condition or refraction error is diagnosed, we will guide you through the next steps.

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We’re Here For Your Child’s Eye Health

Your child is constantly using their eyes to learn and engage with the world. Protecting their visual abilities can make a difference in school, play, and everything they do. 

We know tests can be intimidating, but we’re here to make their next eye exam fun and comfortable. Set your child up for success by watching over their vision and ocular health. Book an appointment for children’s eye care.

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Our Location

Our office is located in Heritage Mountain Plaza, right across from Port Moody City Hall. Parking is available in the parking lot directly in front of our practice. 

If you’re having trouble finding us, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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  • 260-221 Ioco Rd
  • Port Moody, BC V3H 4H2

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