Children's Eye Exam

Most parents or caretakers wonder whether your child needs an eye exam. Vision screenings performed by school nurses are not as complete as a comprehensive eye exam performed by an optometrist. Eye exams are extremely important for children, because vision problems are fairly common among preschoolers and school aged children. By identifying your child’s vision problems early, your child will have greater success with treatment. If left untreated, some eye conditions and diseases may stunt visual development and cause visual impairment.

When scheduling an eye exam for your child, choose a time when he or she is usually alert and in a good mood. Be sure to tell us if your child has a history of delayed motor development, engages in frequent eye rubbing, fails to maintain eye contact, cannot keep visual fixation on an object, has poor eye tracking, or has failed a vision screening. We will also want to know about previous ocular diagnoses. Make sure to inform us of any family history of eye problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, strabismus, amblyopia, or eye diseases.

According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam by the age of six months. After that, children should receive additional eye exams at the age of three, and then at the age of 5 or 6. The American Optometric Association also recommends an eye exam every two years for school aged children who do not require vision correction. Children that do need glasses or contact lenses should have eye exams according to your optometrist’s recommendations.

Don't hesitate to call us and schedule a children's eye exam, to make sure your child has the best vision possible!