Children’s Eye Exams in North York

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Taking Care of Your Child’s Vision from Day One 

Unlike the previous generations, these days, children and young adults spend a significant amount of time indoors at school, home and at the library. There is a correlation between not spending enough time outdoors, using the eyes to look at close objects, books, computers, and cell phones and developing eye and vision problems like myopia, dry eye, etc.
At Empress Eye Clinic, all kids deserve high-quality eye care to help them grow up with healthy eyes and strong vision. We rely on our team’s extensive experience and incorporate cutting-edge technology to care for your child’s vision and eye health.

Since 90% of learning is visual, it is vital for kids and young adults to have a regular annual eye exam to ensure their eye health and vision stay optimal.
Visit us today to experience the Empress Eye Clinic difference.

Why are Eye Exams Important for Your Child? 

Vision is a critical component of how your child grows and develops. Your child’s vision helps them interact with the world around them, and not being able to see properly can significantly impact how they learn and move through the world.

Unfortunately, children often don’t realize they have vision issues at all, which means you may never know if your child is suffering from an eye condition until it gets serious. 

This is why eye exams are crucial. A routine eye exam allows your child’s optometrist to examine their overall vision, check for eye diseases, and evaluate their eye health.

Our team at Empress Eye Clinic is dedicated to protecting your child’s vision through every step of their development.

Your Child’s Exam Schedule 

Depending on your child’s age, the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recommends that your child should get an eye exam based on the following guidelines: 


When your child is 6–12 months old, they should get their first eye exam. At this age, your child is beginning to develop hand-eye coordination, and their optometrist will look for any signs of amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes) that can disrupt this learning process.

When your child is 2–5 years old, it’s time they receive their second eye exam. This exam allows your child’s optometrist to check your child’s visual abilities and check for any signs of eye conditions that could affect their learning before they enter school.

Once your child begins Grade 1, they should start receiving regular yearly exams. Every year, your child’s optometrist will examine their entire visual system, check for any eye conditions, and ensure that any issues are being identified and corrected.

How to Tell if Your Child is Experiencing Vision Issues 

Children don’t often know when they are experiencing symptoms of poor vision because they have nothing to compare it to. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your child, book an appointment with their eye doctor:

  • Red, itchy, or watery eyes 
  • Excessive squinting, rubbing, or blinking 
  • Closing one eye or tilting the head to see
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Lack of concentration, especially at school
  • Holding objects close to their face to see
  • Complaints of a headache or sore eyes 
  • Eye Misalignment

Your child’s optometrists have extensive training to diagnose and manage eye diseases, as well as prescribing corrective eyewear or contact lenses if necessary.

Come See Us

Your child’s vision matters to us. With the help of our incredible eye care team, you can help protect and preserve your child’s vision. Book your child for their eye exam today!

Our Location

Empress Eye Clinic is directly accessed by the Yonge-University Subway from North York Subway Station or easily by vehicle from Hwy 401. We’re located in the heart of North York, Ontario, at Empress Walk Mall, on the 2nd floor.


  • 5095 Yonge Street Unit B6
  • North York, ON M2N 6Z4

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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