As a parent, it’s only natural to want to know if your preschooler has a vision problem, or when it’s best to schedule your child’s first eye exam. Pediatric eye exams with our Niagara Falls eye doctor are extremely important, since 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers, and 25 percent of school-aged children, do have some type of vision problem. Detecting, as well as identifying, your child’s vision problem at the youngest age possible is important because children are often more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age, then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and then again at about age 5 or 6, right before they go into the first grade.
According to The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) website, your family pediatrician will more than likely be the first medical professional to examine your child’s eyes. If any eye problems are suspected during a routine physical exam, a referral should be made to an optometrist for further evaluation. Our Niagara Falls eye doctor has special training, as well as state-of-the-art equipment, to help find potential pediatric vision problems.
If no vision correction is needed, the AOA recommends school age children get an eye exam every two years. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined once a year, or as recommended by our Niagara Falls eye doctor. Early eye exams are crucial to make sure children have normal, healthy vision, which allows them to perform their best at school. With healthy eyesight, the following basic skills can be best used for learning: Near vision, distance vision, binocular (two eyes) coordination, focusing skills, peripheral awareness, and hand-eye coordination. For these reasons, some states require a mandatory eye exam for all children entering school for the first time. Aside from any family history of eye problems, we also want to know about any previous eye problems and treatments your child has had, such as surgeries and glasses or contact lens wear. At Eyewear Studio, we use the most advanced equipment to offer the best in personalized pediatric eye exams.