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How Often Should My Child Get an Eye Exam?

How Often Should My Child Get an Eye Exam?

Your child’s eye health and vision are important parts of their overall health and wellbeing. And while a quick check of their eyes at a physical can be helpful, more comprehensive eye exams may be necessary throughout their young lives. 

Dr. Melanie Frogozo, Dr. Swati Kumar, and their expert team at Alamo Eye Care in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, are pleased to provide pediatric eye care for kids of all ages. 

Here’s a closer look at childhood eye exams, including how often they should be scheduled.

Your child’s first eye exams 

Your child should most likely have their first eye exam at age six months – and then every 1-2 years or when issues arise. 

At the first exam, we learn about your child’s birth history and birth weight, as well as any symptoms you’ve noticed, such as frequent blinking and eye rubbing, or difficulty holding eye contact. We also ask questions about your family’s history regarding eye disease.

Then, from ages 6 months to 2 years, we test for color vision, depth perception, and focusing skills. The tests involve things like moving an object in front of your child to see if their eyes follow it.

Once your child reaches preschool age, or 2-5, more comprehensive eye exams should take place. We test your child for a range of attributes, such as:

We also check for potential issues, such as lazy eye and blurred vision.

School-age eye exams

From ages 6-18, your child’s eye exams are similar to earlier ones, with the addition of tests that help ensure normal learning, reading, and sports performance. We test their near, intermediate, and far vision more extensively, for example.

We also check their ability to organize images on a printed page into ideas and words, and to understand and recall what they’ve read. 

As your child grows, progressive vision problems may unfold. In fact, about 25% of kids end up needing glasses or contacts. The sooner we address their vision problem, the less likely it can develop into a severe issue.

So while yearly exams may still suffice through high school, it’s important to bring your child in sooner if you notice poor vision signs, such as squinting, difficulty completing schoolwork, or frequent headaches.

To learn more about pediatric eye care or to schedule your child’s next exam, call Alamo Eye Care at 210-428-6696 (San Antonio) or 210-403-9050 (Austin). You can also request an appointment through our website. 

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