You may be wondering when you should take your child to see the eye doctor for the first time. An eye exam is very important. Experts state that five to ten percent of preschoolers and twenty-five percent of school-aged children have vision problems. If a child has had vision issues since birth, he or she may not be aware of the problem, so they won’t be able to tell you if there is one. Identifying these issues is also important because, if they are left untreated, they can get worse.
Keep reading to find out exactly when your child should have his or her first eye exam.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first eye exam around six months of age. Children should also receive an additional eye exam around three years old or prior to starting kindergarten. Children who require eyeglasses should be examined annually to ensure that their eyes do not worsen.
Taking your children to your eye doctor is very important to ensure that their eyes are healthy. The doctor will look at many specific parts of their vision. Some of these include their near and far vision, eye movement skills, focusing skills, peripheral awareness, hand/eye coordination, and much more.
When you call and make an appointment, make sure that you pick a time when your child will be the most cooperative. Your eye doctor will typically want to administer a vision test, talk about any history issues, perform an eye health examination, and finally talk about their findings.
If you have not made your child an eye appointment yet and he or she is older than six months, that’s okay. Simply pick up the phone and give us a call. We will be happy to work with your child and ensure that his or her eyes will be healthy for years to come.