Pediatric Vision Exams
Eye exams are important for children of every age. The American Optometric Association recommends that children get an eye exam during their first year of life, and another around age 5, before starting kindergarten. During their school years, children’s eyes and visual systems are developing quickly and it’s recommended that they get an eye exam every 1 to 2 years, even if there are no signs of a vision problem.
Sadly, children often have a hard time telling their parents that they have vision issues. Regular eye exams allow for early detection of any problems, which is key to maintaining healthy eyes and vision.
Facts about vision care and children in the U.S.:
- Only ten percent of children ages 9 to 15 who need glasses actually have them.
- One in four children struggle academically because of an undiagnosed vision problem.
- School screenings are not comprehensive and do not replace the need for yearly eye examinations by an optometrist.
Parents and educators need to know the signs and symptoms of vision problems that hinder academic performance. Below is a list of signs that a child may have a vision problem:
- Uses finger to read
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Seemingly short attention span
- Problems moving in space, frequently bumps into things
- Twists or tilts head toward a book or object so as to favor one eye
- One eye drifts or aims in a different direction than the other
- Holds books or other objects unusually close
- Turning or tilting the head to see things
- Closes one eye or covers eye with hand
- Squinting or closing of one eye
Additionally, your child may complain of the following:
- Can only read for short periods of time
- Headaches or eyestrain
- Nausea or dizziness
- Motion sickness
- Double vision
If your child has any of these symptoms and hasn’t had a comprehensive eye exam recently, contact us to schedule one. Remember—school screenings are not a replacement for comprehensive eye exams.