Children’s Eye Exams in Cowichan

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Set Your Child Up for Success

Set Your Child Up for Success

When you are a child, the world can be pretty scary. When you don’t understand what all of the crazy machines and bright lights are for at the eye doctor’s office, it can be intimidating.

We understand this and work hard to ensure all of our patients are comfortable when they visit our office. Making sure your child is comfortable at the optometrist’s office helps set them up for a lifetime of good eye health and clear, comfortable vision.

Give Your Child a Brighter Future

Children rely on their vision for so much. From learning social cues to reading and writing, their vision is an indispensable developmental tool. That’s why it’s so important to ensure their eyes are well taken care of.

Often, when children have visual issues, they may not even realize something is wrong. They may grow to compensate for these differences, making it hard for parents to tell if their child is struggling. Even if parents can tell something is wrong, unless your child can communicate their problem effectively, the root cause may be misdiagnosed as a learning disability or other issue.

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Their Vision, Their World

With the above in mind, it’s easy to understand why comprehensive eye exams are so crucial.

Your child’s first comprehensive eye exam should happen between the ages of six and nine months. If all is well, their next visit should be between the ages of two and three years old. Finally, your child should have another comprehensive exam right before they start school, and then visit their optometrist annually throughout their school years.

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common eye conditions to affect children and teenagers. While most cases have an onset around the time of adolescence, some children may develop myopia much earlier.

What’s unfortunate is that the earlier a child develops myopia, the more likely it is to progress rapidly, affecting vision more significantly. To achieve clear vision, patients who develop myopia during childhood typically require increasingly stronger prescriptions as they age.

Fortunately, recent scientific breakthroughs in myopia control can help slow the progression of this condition, safeguarding your child’s vision.

Vision therapy can help train the visual system to operate more efficiently and may be used when traditional methods of vision correction fall short.

Vision therapy aims to teach the eyes and brain to work together as a team. By using movements and exercises (which can be made into fun games for children), we teach the brain how to work effectively with the eyes and other components of our visual system.

Vision therapy can help address visual issues in both adults and children. To learn more about how vision therapy could help your family, please visit our Vision Therapy page.

Our Technology

OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is a type of image testing used to photograph the retina. Our retinas have ten different layers, and the thickness of each can be accurately measured using this technology.

OCT helps us determine whether your eye is healthy and gives us the information we need to treat any problems thoroughly and effectively. OCT is used to guide treatment for diseases such as glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic eye disease.

Optomap is another piece of technology we can use to analyze your retinas. This revolutionary tool gives us an ultra-wide view of your retina and does not require dilation drops.

The images taken are stored for future reference so that we can keep track of changes in your eye structure, no matter how small. This allows for early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases that may not present with symptoms until their later stages.

Lipiflow can be used to relieve dry eyes that are caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. This technology uses gentle heating and massaging on both the inner and outer eyelids to effectively remove the blockages that cause dry eye.

This gentle treatment lasts approximately twelve minutes per session, and full results are expected six to eight weeks after treatment.

To learn more about dry eye disease and the other treatments available, visit our Dry Eye Therapy page.

Safeguard Your Child’s Sight

If you have any questions about our children’s eye exams and eye care services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Our Services

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Duncan and Area

Visit our main location in Duncan, enclosed by the Trans-Canada Highway, Beverly Street, and Canada Avenue. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

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Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2

Our Hours

Mondays
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM4 PM
Sunday
Closed

Visit our main location in Duncan, enclosed by the Trans-Canada Highway, Beverly Street, and Canada Avenue. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2

Our Hours

Mondays
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM4 PM
Sunday
Closed

Chemainus and Area

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location next to Grapefully Yours Winemakers. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM7 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Weekend
Closed

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location next to Grapefully Yours Winemakers. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM7 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Weekend
Closed

Cobble Hill and Area

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

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Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM8 PM
Friday
8:30 AM8 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM5 PM
Sunday
By appointment only

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM8 PM
Friday
8:30 AM8 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM5 PM
Sunday
By appointment only

Lake Cowichan and Area

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

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