Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam shows their eyes are healthy, follow up with another appointment between the age of 2-3.
Although many schools offer annual eye screenings, it is important to know that these are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. If you notice your child is having trouble with their vision, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors so they can address the issue and get them back on track. As with most conditions, early detection can make the solution much easier than waiting to see the doctors and allowing the problem to develop into something worse.
Pay attention to these six symptoms as they can be related to vision problems for children:
- Rubbing the eyes
- Excessive blinking
- Frequent squinting
- Regular headaches
- Shutting one eye to focus
- Visible eye turn
Even if eye problems do not run in the family and your child hasn’t displayed any of the symptoms above, they should visit the optometrist every year after the age of 3 to ensure their eyes are in good health. Valley Eye Care Associates can address any questions you have regarding your child’s first visit to the eye doctor before the appointment so they know exactly what to expect. Our eye exams are complete, the practice is comfortable, and the appointment with our doctors will not take very long. Children need to experience their adventures in high definition and we are here to make sure they do!