Southwood Eyecare

Children’s Eye Exams in Calgary

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Making Big Efforts for Little Eyes

Southwood Eyecare is dedicated to serving patients of all ages. Our children’s eye exams take extra special care to address the unique eye issues children can face.

The atmosphere at our practice is both professional and family-friendly. We make it easy for your little ones to relax and learn about their eyes while our eye doctors do the important work of checking and testing them.

Make it easier for your children to grow up with healthy eyes and sharp vision. Call today to schedule their next appointments with us.

Why Do Kids Need Eye Exams?

Eye exams are not just for adults and seniors. Children can also experience vision problems that require an eye doctor’s help, including strabismus, amblyopia, and myopia.

When you take your kids for regular eye exams, you give their eye doctor more chances to discover these problems early and address them fast. Do not wait for your child to bring eye problems to your attention—children who have lived with vision issues their entire lives often assume they see things normally and do not even know something is wrong.

Catching a vision problem early is often a vital first step towards removing obstacles your child might otherwise face in school—since more than 80% of childhood learning is visual. Without a diagnosis, you may not know why your child is struggling to read the board in class or see clearly during sports and games.

How Often Should Your Child Have Eye Exams?

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, children should have eye exams:

  • Once between 6 and 9 months of age
  • Once between ages 2 and 5 (before starting grade 1)
  • Once every year after starting school until they turn 18

But it is worth noting that some children will need extra care to correct their vision or monitor their specific risk factors. Once we have seen your child for their first few eye exams, we can provide you with a custom schedule so you know exactly how often to bring them back.

What Do Children’s Eye Exams Include?

Before the Exam

We will ask you and your child a series of simple questions to find out more about how they use their eyes during everyday activities. We may also ask about their individual medical history or the medical history of your family before running a few non-invasive tests.

Some of the things we might measure during your child’s exam include their:

We will probably also perform a gentle, non-invasive check-up on the general health of your child’s eyes. We will do this by looking at specific components of each eye for signs of eye disease or vision problems. If we find anything that might indicate an eye problem, we will make you aware promptly and recommend a course of action.

Before your child’s eye exam ends, we will make sure their prescription is updated so they can leave with any new eyeglasses or contact lenses they need. You will also have a chance to ask us about any remaining concerns you have.

Please bring any contacts or glasses your child currently uses with you to their exam. Doing so will allow us to replace these items more efficiently if we find their prescription has changed.

Help Your Children See Clearly

Routine eye exams can make your child’s life easier by ensuring they won’t struggle with undiagnosed eye health or vision problems. Let us provide the support your child needs by booking their eye exams with us.

Come See Us

We have plenty of convenient parking in the Southwood Corner shopping centre at the junction of Southland Drive & Elbow Drive.

Our Address

  • 160-10233 Elbow Drive SW
  • Calgary, Alberta T2W 1E8

Contact Us

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Our Services

Comprehensive Eye Exams

The best thing you can do for your visual health is to get regular eye exams. Our thorough exams include detailed explanations of all tests, plus advanced diagnostic imaging.

Relief From Dry Eye

Our dry climate combined with the digital reality of many people’s working lives makes irritating dry eye symptoms incredibly common among Calgarians. Learn how we can help you find relief.

Contact Lens Fittings

Your eyes deserve fresh-feeling, comfortable contacts that deliver impeccable vision. Allow our optometrist to help you find the optimal fit and prescription for your unique eyes.

Prescription Eyewear

Gorgeous frames? Check. Flawless lenses? Check. Find your new favourite glasses in our optical boutique.

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