Survey Suggests Parents Require More Eye Health Awareness

  • The Canadian Association of Optometrists conducted a study in 2016 which revealed the following points:
  • Alberta parents rank child eye health as one of their lowest health priorities, with less than 25% choosing it as one of their top three concerns.
  • The survey revealed that more than 75% of Alberta parents are unaware that vision problems can cause speech difficulties.
  • More than 50% of Alberta parents are unaware that vision problems can lead to developmental delays.
  • 50% of parents do not realize that a vision problem may be the cause of short attention spans in children.
  • 12% of Alberta parents are not taking their child for a comprehensive eye exam.


Children should begin receiving comprehensive eye health exams at age 6 months and annually to age 17. These exams are paid annually by the provincial government. Read more about childhood eye health here.

Book your child’s eye health vision exam today for any of our Eye Health Centres locations in Calgary or Regina.