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Visual Screening

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  • When the baby is about one month old, he/she should be able to fix his/her mother?
  • When the baby is about 4-5 months old, a strabismus (wandering eye), a nystagmus (an involuntary oscillation movement), a baby who does not follow you with his/her eyes or does not smile when someone bend over should lead the parents to see an eye care professional ?
  • When the baby is 9 months old, he/she should handle toys and catch the parents' look?

A child can be excessively clumsy because he does not see well, and starting from 2 years and a half, a child who rubs his eyes or who screws up one's eye could be myopic or astigmatic. Grimacing with eye lids is a way to better see.

Sometimes, one eye or both does not function well in children, but the good working eye or the brain compensates. There is few or no sign indicating that a child does not see well.

Public health organisms and professional guidelines recommend that parents have their children screened for eye problems by an optometrist or ophthalmologist according to the following schedule (Source: Association des optométristes du Québec):

  • 6 months old
  • 3 years old
  • Before entering kindergarten
  • Each year or every other year between 6 and 18 years old or more frequently if there is a problem

When a vision or an eye health problem is detected, it must be immediately treated with lenses (glasses), exercises (orthoptic) and/or surgery.

It is important to proceed before 6 to 9 years of age as after this period of time, the neurological system is no longer flexible enough to develop correctly. Sight defects in one eye, amblyopia or binocular vision abnormalities like three-dimension sight will then remain permanent.