The Canadian Association of Optometrists want to make sure that your kids are seeing clearly, right from the start.
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Vision And Eye Care For Kids Rebecca Brayton: Make your children see right from the start. Optometrists know your eyes inside and out and have the information to insure your children’s eye and vision health. Hi, I’m Rebecca Brayton and welcome to wathcmojo.com. And today, we’re speaking with Dr. Langis Michaud member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists about the children’s eye health. At what age should children have their first eye exam? Dr. Langis Michaud: At six months. It could seem to too early in life but at that age each eye is—they’ve locked to its normal status from six-month to eight years. Vision development ends at eight years old. Earlier is the detection of the disease, earlier the treatment better is the outcome. Rebecca Brayton: What are the signs that may indicate my child has a vision problem? Dr. Langis Michaud: They don’t look at specific things, they don’t react if something is moving around them to just patch one eye with the hand if they’re looking at something. To begin to cry if someone just patching one eye and the other one for sure is not able to see. Habitually that child will not be symptomatic because for them it’s natural vision they were born like that, they can’t compare reflect could be a normal or a better vision so they want to complain about anything. So just a thorough exam will determine if the vision first and the ocular health second is normal for a given children. Rebecca Brayton: What can I do to protect your children’s eyes? Dr. Langis Michaud: First of all is—to see things, to present object to babies. Second to play with safe tools, alleviate any kind of small particles, don’t point laser pointer for example to the eyes of someone else. Don’t play with arrows or something that can be entering the eye by accident. Rebecca Brayton: And how would I go about finding an ophthalmologist for my child if I don’t already have one? Dr. Langis Michaud: By reference as your friends that’s probably the best way to finding at your neighborhood who’s the best for your children. But if you don’t have any clue just go the Canadian Association of Optometrists website www.opto.ca by town, by province you can find competent optometrists for your children. Rebecca Brayton: Thank you very much. Dr. Langis Michaud: You’re welcome.