Children's Eye Exams
Henderson Vision Centre
1439 Henderson Hwy Winnipeg MB R2G 1N3 (204) 582-2308
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Children's Eye Exams

Children Under 18 Should Receive Eye Exams Every One to Two Years

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Over 80% of what your child will learn in school will be presented visually. This places special emphasis on eyecare for kids, as without it kids can experience challenges learning and growing in school and at home.

The Manitoba Association of optometrists (MAO) strongly recommends that parents have their children receive eye exams annually. As children grow into adults, their bodies change rapidly; their eye undergo significant growth as children mature. Annual eye exams ensure that any problems that may develop are identified and treated quickly.

Manitoba Health provides financial coverage for bi-annual eye exams.

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Request an appointment to schedule a convenient appointment for an eye exam. The exam will be under an hour.


More Information About Children’s Eye Exams

Children should have their first eye exam before they are six months old. While ideally they’d have an eye exam every year thereafter, it is particularly important that kids have their eyes examined just prior to entering pre-school.

Once in grade school, an eye exam every two years is sufficient unless your child requires corrective lenses (eyeglasses or contact lenses) or has some other type of ocular or general health condition that requires more frequent monitoring (such as diabetes or is undergoing vision therapy).

The Manitoba Association of optometrists (MAO) recommends that all children have a comprehensive eye examination by age three, and preferably as early as six months, to ensure that any visual development or ocular health problems are detected as early as possible. Because of the significant influence of vision on learning ability, re-examination prior to school entry and annually through the school years is also recommended.

The eye exam generally takes under an hour to complete and is completely painless. The tests that we perform, especially for our younger patients, are non-invasive.

If you are bringing your child in for their first eye exam at our practice, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out new patient paperwork.

During all eye exams we are looking for the development of ocular conditions and diseases. However, when examining kids we are also looking for signs of developmental problems (such as strabismus), colour deficiency (approximately 8% of boys and 0.5% of girls are colour deficient), proper eye teaming/coordination, and other signs of vision challenges.

Because kids often lack the experience and foresight needed to recognize vision problems, an eye exam is the most effective way to determine their eye health.

The eye exam is broken down into two parts: preliminary testing, and testing with an optometrist.

Preliminary tests include:

    • Autorefractor – This test takes a measurement of the shape of your eyes and will provide a rough estimate of what prescription – if any – is needed for corrective lenses.
    • Digital retinal imaging – A photo of your retina (the back of your eye) is taken. If you have been a patient of ours before, this image will be compared to images taken at other exams. This will help us identify the development of eye diseases as well as to get a visual on the health of your retina.

Tests performed with an optometrist include:

    • Slit lamp exam – During this test the front surfaces of the eye are checked with a magnifying glass and a bright light to look for abnormalities (such as the development of cataracts or when assessing persistent dry eye).
    • Refraction test – During this test we will assess the corrective lens prescription needed to provide ideal vision.

We may perform other tests as needed.

Manitoba Health provides financial coverage for an eye exam once every two years. Most insurance companies also provide allowances for eye exams.

When working with an insurance/benefits provider, we will direct bill Blue Cross and assist with your claim for other insurance providers.

Location & Hours

You can find us in the River East Plaza, between Safeway and Booster Juice, and across from Tim Hortons.
We have plenty of parking available on-site.


Unit 1B - 1439 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3
Tel: (204) 582-2308
Fax: (204) 339-1272
E-mail: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Fridays 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturdays 9:00am -3:00pm (except for long weekends and July/August)
Sunday: Closed

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