Optical Prism July 2019 - Page 8

From the editor The NCVH says fewer than 14 per cent of Canadian kids under the age of six have had an eye exam. This issue of Optical Prism magazine is focused on all things kids and eyecare - from information on the latest in children’s frames to expert opinions on how often children should be seen by an ECP. You will also find information on an important Canadian study that examines the link between excessive screen time and developmental delays in young children. Nearly a quarter of Canadian school-aged children have vision problems, according to the latest research from The National Coalition for Vision Health. The organization says six out of 10 children who are experiencing reading difficulties have an uncorrected or undiagnosed vision issue. Experts go on to note that about 80 per cent of what a child learns in the first 12 years of their lives comes through visual information. The NCVH also says that certain eye conditions, including amblyopia and strabismus can lead to visual impairment and blindness if not corrected before a child reaches age 10. The report revealed that preschoolers who get too much screen time on video games, internet- connected devices and television screens show delays and deficits in learning by the time they begin school. We also speak with an expert from the Canadian Association of Optometrists on how ECPs can get more kids into their examination chairs and the importance of regular eye exams for kids. We hope you enjoy this issue. Also, be sure to visit our website, opticalprism.ca, for the latest in eyewear and eyecare news and to browse our previous editions. Join our Optical Prism Facebook page as well and follow our @OpticalPrism Twitter account. All of this information highlights the vital role that eye care professionals play in Canada’s health care system. It also illustrates how important it is for parents to ensure their children make regular visits to an ECP, something that is not happening often enough in Canada. Denis Langlois, Editor. Don’t forget to check us out on social media and subscribe to us online to get the latest eyecare and eyewear information. 6 Optical Prism | July 2019