Often we are asked: “When should my child have their 1st eye exam?”. We usually like to see children at about age 3-4, just before they start school. There are times where we find blurred vision in one or both eyes, which if left untreated can cause permanent “lazy eye” (amblyopia), and learning difficulties. The earlier these problems are detected, the more effective the treatments will be. Luckily, children are covered under OHIP for yearly eye exams until they turn 20. This way, we can keep regular tabs on how things evolve as they grow, and ensure optimal vision for optimal learning.