- We have been going to Iris at Market Mall for years and love our optometrist, Dr. Hauk, there.
- As a teenager, I had some severe eye issues that we were afraid might end up with serious, long term eye issues (thankfully, they didn’t).
- Evan needed to go back for a follow up eye exam. You see…he has two near sighted (one severely..me) parents so he has little hope of escaping glasses….more on that later.
Thankfully, we were able to pick the Iris location we visited so we headed north to Market Mall to see Dr. Hauk. Evan was a bit nervous about our visit because he couldn’t remember his last one. Thankfully, when I promised that it wouldn’t hurt, he decided it would be ok.
While Dr. Hauk checked Evan’s eyes, we chatted about kids and eye health. His number one piece of advice is take your kids to get their eyes checked. He recommends that you should definitely have their eyes checked by age 3. Many eye health problems are easier to fix if they are caught early. One example is a lazy eye. If it is caught before age 8, it is very treatable. After age 8, it gets more difficult.
Another recommendation is to make sure your child wears quality eye protection (like that sold at offices like Iris). I must admit that we are a little lax about this at my house. If you start your child early, it is easier to convince them to wear sunglasses later on. Make sure that you buy quality sunglasses, though. It is very hard to determine whether many brands of cheap sunglasses are actually made to block out the sun’s harmful rays. A large percentage (up to 80!) of a person’s sun damage to their eyes happens before the age of 18 so it is vital to start wearing sunglasses early!
During your child’s eye appoint, your optometrist will probably talk about the points above. They will also test your child’s sight, eye alignment and eye health. All are easy tests….well at least they are if you can see. Evan got a bit misty eyed because, try as he might….he couldn’t see the pictures until they were really big. While the alignment and health portions of the exam were fine, Evan got a prescription for glasses to wear at school. Iris has a great Kid’s glasses package that combines frames, lenses and a great guarantee (which is vital for little boys!). Plus…the glasses are super cute & will look hipster cool when he wears them with his hat!
So….make the appointment. Get your child’s eyes checked every year. Even if they are seeing fine today, ensure that they will continue to see fine into the future. Many eye health issues show no signs or symptoms until they are a real problem….or never. Oh…and an extra perk for Alberta resident’s….Alberta Health Care covers eye exams for kids every year.
So….how often do you get your kid’s eyes checked? Or have you ever had them checked? If you have a story….share!
Disclosure: I was asked by Iris to write a blog post in exchange for a pair of kid’s sunglasses. I am passionate about kid’s eye health so I agreed. As always….all opinions are my own.