Do Young Children Actually Really Need An Eye Exam?

Here in Alberta, children get vision screening in school, and this is great. It’s important to find out whether or not your child can see the board at the front of the room. But, did you know that vision screenings leave most vision problems undiagnosed, particularly for children?

You see, kids are less likely to complain about their vision problems. It’s sad, but it’s true.  Here’s what Heather, the mother of Evyn wrote me the other day:

“6 years ago, at our daughter’s 12 month checkup, her Pediatrician suggested I have her vision checked. I hesitated because she was so young and I figured, “What can you tell by just looking at the external eye anyway?” One assessment by Dr. Kerrie Schwandt, however and she found a vision problem we may have otherwise never known of until later in life! I never knew our girl couldn’t clearly see even half of what I could, but as a young child, she didn’t know any different and didn’t complain! For both of our daughters, prescribed glasses prevented learning difficulties that vision problems could have caused, and enabled us to correct the development of a “lazy eye” in one daughter before it became a real challenge. Unknown to us, she naturally used only one eye… Thankfully, as a result of eye exams and correction, both eyes began working together, and her vision improved dramatically without requiring a patch or other intervention.  We are grateful we began exams prior to school age; both girls have had time to adjust, and improve their vision even before it was time to learn how to read. The education and understanding we’ve gained from ClearView EyeCare, along with the use of glasses have allowed our girls to develop strong and healthy vision. We are so thankful!” – Heather

The Alberta Association of Optometry recommends that a child’s first eye exam be at age three.

Did you know:

 Optometrists are able to diagnose and prescribe glasses or vision therapy without the child even knowing how to read or give a verbal response.


The government of Alberta recognizes the importance of your children’s visual health that’s why all eye exams are free for children under the age of 19. It’s unwise to settle for vision screening from an untrained volunteer or “sight testing” from someone who’s not actually a Doctor, when your child has access to free exams from a Doctor of Optometry.

We will look after your child like we do our own, like family. We will care for you as a person as well as help you experience the best sight possible.

If you should need it, we offer emergency eye treatment. It’s faster than walking into the emergency room at the hospital, and it’s also covered by Alberta Health Care.

Our team uses the most current and up-to-date technologies. I keep myself up-to-date on the latest techniques and tools. I exceed the amount of training required by the profession because I want to be the most knowledgeable and skilled Optometrist. All members of my staff continue their training on a regular basis as well.

We really focus on personalized attention. We take our time to make sure you feel comfortable.

Our goal is to keep you looking great, no matter what your budget.

We carry the latest designer frames as well as classic, value frames to fit your personality, lifestyle and budget.

Last count, we carried 36 different lines with 987 unique and different frames.

We will serve you well, treat you like family and help you come up with the optimal vision solution for your lifestyle. So, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Kerrie is great. She was very thorough with her exam of my 4 year old. She has an amazing selection of glasses to pick from. My daughter is going to look amazing with her new glasses!

Jennifer Mossey

Mom, The Mossey Family

The optometrist at Clearview is bar none  one of the best in the city! I've been using this place for about two years now they take care of me and my children and always remember that we were there. you know it's nice when someone remembers you, it's  really important to take care of your families eyes so thank you to them for taking care of my family so well.

Marilyn D.

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