Does my child need an eye exam?

Children’s eyes change the most while they’re growing. That is why it is so important to get their eyes tested once a year. Learning is 80% visual, so it is crucial to make sure your child’s vision is not impairing their learning.

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How old does my child need to be to get an eye exam?

Children can get their first eye exam as early as six months of age, which is typically administered by a pediatrician or an eye doctor to asses for basic vision development and eye health. It is recommended that after the initial exam, children should have additional eye exams at the following intervals:

  • 3 years old
  • 5 years old
  • Every year thereafter.

Children who are at a higher risk of eye problems, such as those with a family history of eye conditions or premature birth, may require more frequent eye exams. It’s important to consult with your child’s healthcare provider to determine the appropriate schedule for eye exams based on their individual needs.

Does my child have problems learning?

Having clear vision is crucial for successful learning. Children may not be able to communicate effectively if they have any vision issues. If left undetected, these problems can hinder a child’s academic progress. Regular and comprehensive eye exams are instrumental in detecting any vision issues, and correcting them can lead to improved academic performance.

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What tests will your child have to do?

The specific tests that are conducted during a child’s eye exam can vary depending on the child’s age, symptoms, and individual needs. However, some of the common tests that may be performed during a child’s eye exam include:

  1. Visual Acuity Test: This test measures a child’s ability to see letters or images at a distance.

  2. Cover Test: This test checks for any eye alignment problems or lazy eye.

  3. Eye Movement Test: This test evaluates how well the child can follow a moving object with their eyes.

  4. Refraction Test: This test determines if the child needs glasses or contact lenses to correct any refractive errors.

  5. Binocular Vision Assessment: This test measures the coordination between the child’s eyes and how they work together.

  6. Eye Health Evaluation: This test checks for any abnormalities or diseases of the eye, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.


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