Children’s Eye Exams in the Annapolis Valley

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Healthy Eyes for Healthy Lives

Your children’s eyes are a priority at Valley Family Optometry. Healthy eyes and good vision play a big part in your child’s development and success, so regular comprehensive exams can help to identify the early stages of eye diseases and conditions before they can progress.

We provide a welcoming, warm environment to bring your child to, taking care to avoid the usual anxieties that can accompany a visit to the eye doctor.

When to Have Your Child’s Eyes Examined

It is important to have your child’s eyes examined at various stages of their lives to monitor for various conditions and early signs of disease. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends a specific frequency of examinations to assess developing visual systems accurately.

Your child should have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months old. At this point, we’ll perform a red reflex test and determine if further assessment is necessary.

When your child is old enough to cooperate with a standard letter chart, bring them in for an examination of their visual acuity. They may require vision correction depending on their results.

Bringing your child in for a thorough assessment allows us to test for and begin treatment of conditions like strabismus (misaligned eyes) or amblyopia (“lazy eye”).

Your child should have a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year after they begin school. If issues start to become apparent, we can take measures to correct them and maintain good eye health.

Things to Watch For

Keeping a watchful eye on your child’s behaviour is helpful to discovering early indicators of eye disease.

Symptoms like holding books or digital devices very close to the face or sitting too close to the television may indicate early signs of myopia (nearsightedness) or other refractive error.

Frequent headaches, squinting, or closing one eye when reading may indicate a need for vision therapy.

Complaints of sore eyes or frequent blinking and eye rubbing may be an indication that your child’s eyes are irritated, which could mean conjunctivitis or dry eye. Watch for any abnormal discharge, redness, or swelling or their eyes, as that could be a sign of an infection.

We leave room in our schedule for emergency eye care, so please give us a call if your child’s eye health deteriorates drastically or suddenly.

At Valley Family Optometry, we are dedicated to providing eye care to safeguard your child’s vision and ocular health. Please book an appointment to get started.

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You can find us on the corner of Bridge Street and Victoria Drive.

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  • 545 Victoria Drive
  • Kingston, Nova Scotia B0P 1R0

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED

New Minas

We can be found on the main level of the Valley Crossroads Health & Wellness Building, 21 Roy Ave. New Minas.

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  • Unit 170 – 21 Roy Ave
  • New Minas, NS B4N 3C6

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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We are a locally-owned, independent practice that truly cares about finding you a product that helps you see and feel better. We source from an extensive list of suppliers to ensure you have a variety of quality products to choose from.

We offer designer and functional eyewear for every budget, prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, common and specialty contact lenses, dry eye therapy products, and protective safety eyewear. We also have an on-site lab, allowing us to shorten the turnaround time for most eyeglasses.

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