Are Eye Exams for Children Necessary?
Many problems that affect learning can be visual and are often missed by parents and pediatricians. In fact, studies now show that distance vision chart screens like those in pediatricians offices and schools miss up to 50 percent of vision problems. Eye exams for children are extremely important. Experts say 5 percent-10 percent of pre-schoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.
When should kids have their eyes examined?
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam between 6 and 12 months of age. If all is well, children should then receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age and just before they enter kindergarten, or about age 5 to 6.
For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required or no vision complaints are noted . Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually or according to their eye doctors recommendations.
Tests used during pediatric exams vary depending on the age and maturity level of the child. Many children five years and older can have the exact same exam as their adult parents, with a few extra school-related tests. Our philosophy is to perform as comprehensive an exam as possible while making the experience fun and interactive for the children.
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