Why children’s eye exams are important
Eye exams for children are very important to insure your child’s eyes are healthy and have no vision problems that could interfere with school performance and potentially affect your child’s safety.
Early eye exams also are important because children need the following visual skills that are essential for optimal learning:
• Excellent visual acuity at all distances
• Accurate and comfortable eye teaming skills
• Accurate eye movement skills
• Accurate and comfortable focusing skills
When to have your child’s eyes examined
Children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age.
The then should have their eyes examined exams at age 3 and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6.
School-aged children should have an eye exam at least every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lensesshould be examined annually or as recommended by your eye doctor.
Scheduling your child’s eye exam
When scheduling an eye exam for your child, choose a time when he or she usually is alert and happy.
Specifics of how eye exams are conducted depend on your child’s age, but generally an exam will include a case history, vision testing, determination of whether eyeglasses are needed, testing of eye alignment, an eye health evaluation and, if needed, prescription of eyewear.