When Should Children Get Eye Exams?

As an optometrist, one of the most important things I stress to parents is the importance of regular eye exams for children.

Many parents may not realize that eye exams are just as important as well-child checkups with a pediatrician, and can help detect and prevent a variety of eye and vision problems.

So, when should children get eye exams? Here are some general guidelines to follow:

Infants and toddlers: The American Optometric Association recommends that infants receive their first eye exam at six months of age. This is typically a quick and simple exam that checks for proper eye development and function. Children should then receive additional eye exams at ages 3 and 5.

School-age children: As children enter school, they should have their eyes examined annually. This is particularly important if there is a family history of eye problems or if the child is experiencing any visual symptoms, such as headaches, eye strain, or difficulty reading.

Teenagers: As children enter their teenage years, they should continue to have annual eye exams. This is particularly important as teenagers are more likely to experience changes in their vision and may need glasses or contact lenses.

It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and that children with a family history of eye problems, medical conditions that can affect the eyes, or visual symptoms may need more frequent exams.

At 20/20 Vision in Rochester Hills, MI, we offer comprehensive eye exams for children of all ages. Our experienced team uses state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate your child’s visual acuity, eye health, and binocular vision function. We also offer vision therapy services to help children with certain visual conditions improve their vision and quality of life.

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If you’re concerned about your child’s vision or are due for a routine eye exam, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us at 248-375-0040. We’re here to help your child achieve their best possible vision and overall health.