Clear vision is a crucial part of normal development. In order to ensure your child reaches their developmental milestones on time, you must schedule eye examinations for them at regular intervals.
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The American Optometric Association has laid out a general eye examination schedule for most children to follow. However, it is important to mention that this schedule does not consider children who are at high risk of developing visual problems or have special visual needs.
Please ask your Optometrist to confirm how often your child should have their eyes examined.
Your child should undergo their first eye exam at approximately 6 months of age. While children of this age cannot read or perform detailed tasks, they do rely on their eyes to help them develop these abilities, as well as necessary skills such as walking and talking.
Your child’s next eye exam should take place around the age of three years old. Children require strong eyesight to observe others and mimic behavior. Both intellectual and social development is strongly rooted in a child’s vision.
Once your child is old enough to attend school (typically around age 5 or 6), they will require eye examinations every year. Up to 80% of classroom learning is visual; making eyesight an absolutely crucial sense for the typical child attending school. It is best to schedule eye examinations as part of your family’s annual back-to-school routine.
Thanks to our computerized refraction system, we are able to provide children’s eye exams more efficiently and with a higher level of accuracy.
Myopia, otherwise known as nearsightedness, has grown increasingly common among children in recent years. Unfortunately, childhood myopia tends to grow in severity as a child gets older. As a result, children suffering from myopia will most likely require very strong eyeglass prescriptions by the time they reach adulthood.
There is no cure for myopia. However, through a process called myopia management, we can slow the progression of your child’s myopia, preserving some of their distance vision into adulthood.