Pediatric Optometrists & Eye Exams in South Surrey / White Rock

Why Every Child Should Have Regular Pediatric Eye Exams

Clown Children's Eye Exams in South Surrey / White Rock, BC

Vision is one of your child’s most precious senses.

Studies show that 80% of learning is accomplished through vision. For some children, poor vision causes poor grades, however others manage to cope well with reduced vision or vision in one eye.

Unfortunately the majority of these visual difficulties are not noticed by parents, teachers, caregivers, or the child itself; so that’s why we recommend starting your child on an early vision care program at the age of 6 months and then yearly intervals.

Early exams also help rule out a condition called amblyopia or "lazy eye". Permanent loss of vision can avoided by early treatment, ideally before the age of 6.

Don’t expect your child to tell you if there is a problem.

Unfortunately the majority of these visual difficulties are not noticed by parents, teachers, caregivers, or the child itself; so that’s why we recommend starting your child on an early vision care program at the age of 6 months and then yearly intervals.

Book an appointment online, call us on [778] 294-2236 or in person.

Your child’s eyes are precious, let us look after them.


He or she doesn’t need to know how to read, speak or even sit for long for us to complete an exam.

We use toys, cartoons, pictures, light reflexes, playing games such as 'peek-a-boo' to evaluate the eye muscles, eye health, and determine refractive error. We have invested in a specialised Computerised Vision Chart from the UK which has a range of child friendly pictures and tests that reduces the need for drops and reading letters.

A prescription for glasses is only issued if deemed necessary – if the child is borderline Dr. Bains will discuss with you the option of part-time spectacles, or perhaps none at all with closer monitoring.


Children Eye Exam

How to promote good vision

For babies: maintaining eye contact when talking, active play and encouraging good visual experiences and environments are examples of ways to promote healthy vision.

For children: reducing time on screens, increasing imaginitive play, and sports especially outdoor activities are great habits to get into.

For teenagers: advice on proper screen distance, study habits, lighting, rest breaks.

Dr. Bains and the staff are always excited to see children of all ages in the practice. From watching the antics of Coco our Clinic Clown, to fun games and activities we hope to make your child’s eye exam a fun and enjoyable experience!

If your child hasn’t had an eye exam, or if it’s been more than a year then give us a call. The good news is at Royal London Optometry there is no charge for eye exams for children under 19 with a BC carecard.

Book an appointment online, call us on [778] 294-2236 or in person.