Your child’s vision plays a vital role in their development. Children rely on their vision to learn and play, so undiagnosed vision problems may keep them from reaching their full potential. Annual eye exams are a critical tool that allows your optometrist to make sure your child’s vision is clear, and their eyes are healthy.
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Childhood Vision Problems
Young children, in particular, are not always able to effectively communicate that something is wrong, so it is up to parents and caregivers to monitor their children and look for signs of vision problems.
If your child is experiencing vision problems, it is vital that they are identified and corrected as soon as possible. Untreated vision problems can hamper your child’s ability to learn, potentially impacting their development.
Your child may have vision problems if they:
- Have a misaligned eye
- Squint frequently
- Sit too close to the TV or whiteboard
- Blink excessively or rub their eyes frequently
- Avoid reading or doing other near activities
- Avoid doing detailed tasks or have trouble staying on task
- Often lose their place while reading or use a finger to guide them
- Complain of double vision or frequent headaches
- Frequently cover one eye
- Frequently tilt their head to one side
If you suspect that your child is experiencing vision problems, you should make an appointment with their optometrist as soon as possible.
Children’s Eye Exam Schedule
The American Optometric Association recommends that children have their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 12 months old. Children should then see their optometrist for their next appointment between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, and again before they start kindergarten.
Children should visit their optometrist at least once per year once they begin school. However, your optometrist may recommend that your child’s eyes be examined more frequently, depending on their unique visual needs.
Optovue iWellness Exam
All of our comprehensive eye exams include the Optovue iWellness Exam, which uses state-of-the-art optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology to look at the layers of your retina where eye diseases typically first form. The Optovue iWellness Exam allows your optometrist to better search for conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.
Is your child due for an eye exam? Request their next appointment today.