Children suffering from uncorrected vision problems may face many barriers in life socially, academically, and athletically. Make sure your child’s vision is developing normally.
We do focus on comprehensive eye exams for children. During the exam, our doctor will put your child at ease with tests that are easy going, and fun! At the end of the exam, we will discuss all of the findings and treatments that your child might need, whether it’s a new pair of glasses or a referral for vision therapy.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Further recommendations for children include additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and again before kindergarten or first grade, around age 5 or 6.
For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually or according to their eye doctor’s recommendations.
Early eye exams also are important because children need the following basic visual skills for learning:
- Near vision
- Distance vision
- Eye teaming (binocularity) skills
- Eye movement skills
- Focusing skills
- Peripheral awareness
- Eye / hand coordination
Because of the importance of good vision for learning, some states require an eye exam for all children entering school for the first time.