Experts say roughly 80 percent of childhood learning is visual. Good vision is essential for students of all ages to reach their full academic potential. Therefore, children should have their eyes examined by age 3, again prior to starting kindergarten, and then annually through their school years. Children’s eye exams are modified to make visits to your family doctor of optometry fun and positive. Eye exams for children in Manitoba are provided for by Manitoba Health. If there is concern about vision ability or a family history of eye health issues, children as young as 6 months old can be examined by your family optometrist.