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Eye Exams For Children

Eye Exams For Children

eye exam for children

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About 80% of what children learn is through their eyes

80%

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EYE EXAMS FOR CHILDREN

It is estimated that vision problems amongst children are widespread. Vision problems, if they are unknown or untreated, can make succeeding in a scholastic environment difficult for kids. It is estimated that roughly 5%-10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision issues.  

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should have their eyes checked at particular developmental stages. Children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at 3 years of age, and again at the beginning of school. Even children without any vision problems or eye health issues or risk factors should have their eyes checked annually while they are in school.  

If children have existing eye health issues or certain risk factors, they should have more frequent examinations. Common childhood risk factors for vision problems include: 

  • Premature Birth 
  • Developmental Delays 
  • Turned or Crossed Eyes 
  • A Family History of Eye Diseases 
  • A History of Eye Injury 
  • Other Physical Illness or Disease 

It is recommended by the AOA that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses have their eyes examined yearly, or more depending on their eye doctor’s instructions.

According to experts, 80% of learning is visual. This means that if children are having eye issues and struggling to see clearly, their learning could be impacted negatively. Infants also often explore and learn about the world around them through sight. This is why you want to keep a close eye on your children’s sight to make sure that their development stays on track. Their eyes should be checked by a doctor at specific developmental stages. 

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should have their eyes examined at these specific times: 

  • At 6 months old 
  • At 3 years old 
  • At the start of school 
  • At least every 2 years after starting school  

In some cases, more frequent exams are recommended. If there is any sign of a vision problem developing between milestone checkups, it is important to visit an eye doctor. Also, if a child has certain risk factors they should be examined more often. These include: 

  • Developmental Delays 
  • Premature Birth 
  • Crossed Eyes 
  • Lazy Eyes 
  • A family history of eye issues 
  • Prior eye injuries  

If a child wears contact lenses or glasses they should have their eyes checked yearly. Also, it is important to keep in mind that children’s eyes can change a lot as they grow.  

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