Barrhaven Optometric Centre
3500 Fallowfield Rd Nepean ON K2J 4A7 (613) 825-3931

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Children’s Eye Exams

Children rely on their vision to help them learn and succeed. Regular eye exams allow us to keep tabs on your child’s eye health and ensure they can see clearly.

Request an eye exam for your child today

How Often Does My Child Need an Eye Exam?

Children should undergo their first eye exam at 6 months old. After that, your child should see an optometrist once every year. OHIP covers one comprehensive eye exam per year for children 19 years old and under.

What Happens During My Child’s Exam?

Our children’s eye exams are tailored to your child’s age and ability. Your child does not need to know the alphabet or know how to read in order to undergo an eye exam. For younger children, we use shapes, videos, and pictures to make the eye exam experience as engaging and fun as possible.

Does My Child Have Vision Problems?

Children are not always able to communicate effectively, so it can be hard to tell if your child is experiencing vision problems. That is why reason regular eye exams are so important. Certain behaviours and symptoms however, can indicate a possible vision problem.

Symptoms of vision problems may include:

  • Squinting
  • Excessive blinking
  • Turning or tilting of the head
  • Excessive eye rubbing
  • Closing one eye to read or watch television
  • Sitting too close to the television or holding books close to their face
  • Wandering or “lazy” eye
  • Losing their place while reading, or using their finger as a guide
  • Complaining about not being able to see what you see
  • Red eyes
  • Frequent headaches

If you think your child is experiencing vision problems, book an eye exam for them as soon as possible.

Visit Us On Fallowfield Road

Whatever your eye care needs, we would love to help you. Head to our location on Fallowfield Road next to The Greenbelt Family Health Team.


3C-3500 Fallowfield Road
Nepean, Ontario K2J 4A7

Contact Information

Phone: 613-825-3931
Fax: 613-825-1728
  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
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