Many parents bring their children to the pediatrician and dentist for their routine visits, but their eye examinations are usually overlooked. The American Optometric Association recommends a child’s first eye exam at 6 months, then at 3 years of age, and then prior to the start of school. Eye exams will ensure normal eye development throughout their growing stages.
The benefits of seeing an Optometrist:
Without eye exams, children can have visual problems that remain undiagnosed. Visual impairment can affect their ability to learn and participate in school activities.
Although many schools provide a vision screening, seeing 20/20 is only a small factor in your child’s vision. During a comprehensive pediatric eye exam, your child will be tested for amblyopia, strabismus, eye teaming problems, eye muscle function, and other conditions that may not present any symptoms. Our eye doctor will also check the health of your child’s eyes and look for any congenital eye conditions.
Amblyopia: A disorder of the visual pathway that is characterized by a vision deficiency in a physically, healthy eye. If left untreated, it results in permanent vision impairment.
Strabismus: A disorder when eyes do not line up in the same direction, sometimes called “crossed eyes”, or “turned eye”. It can cause depth perception problems and may lead to amblyopia. Proper glasses will be able to align the eyes at the correct position.
Eye teaming problems: Eyes have to work together so you can see properly at distance and near. If the eyes cannot work as a team, it can cause headaches, eyestrain, and affect reading or other near vision tasks.
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