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Kids Optometrist: Children’s Eye Exams in North York

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Taking Care of Your Child’s Vision from Day One 

Children’s Eye Exams at Empress Eye Clinic in North York, Toronto
At Empress Eye Clinic, we understand the importance of early detection and treatment for children’s eye problems. Our Optometrist and Eye Care professionals provide comprehensive eye exams for children, using the latest technology and science to ensure that your child receives the best possible care.
During a children’s eye exam, our eye doctor will evaluate your child’s vision, eye health, and general well-being. We will also check for common childhood eye conditions, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, as well as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eye).
We also offer myopia control services to help slow down the progression of nearsightedness in children. To learn more, visit our dedicated Myopia Clinic page.
At Empress Eye Clinic, we believe in providing a fun and interactive environment for children during their eye exams. Our optometrists and eye care experts will work with your child to ensure they feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the examination.
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.

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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 of eye doctors and eye care staff at Empress Eye Clinic in North York, Toronto, is dedicated to protecting your child’s eye health and 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
5095 Yonge Street, Unit B6
North York, Ontario
M2N 6Z4

Located at Empress Walk Mall at the corner of Yonge and Empress Avenue. Near Yonge and Sheppard and Yonge and Finch. We serve patients from North York, Willowdale, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Bayview Village, Markham, Yonge- Eglinton, Lawrence Park, York Mills, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Our office is directly accessible by the Yonge-University Subway from North York Subway Station. It is also easily accessible by vehicle from Hwy 401


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: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
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