Some parents don’t think their kids need eye exams until they are old enough read. The truth is that vision is a key part of a child’s development and can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to walk, talk, and learn. Regular eye exams are important for kids of all ages.
How Often Do Kids Need Eye Exams?
The American Optometric Association recommends kids have an eye exam at 6 months of age and again at the one year mark. They also suggest at least one eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5. Once your child is school-aged, they should have their eyes examined annually.
It’s important to remember that this timeline is only a general guide for low-risk kids. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations and bring your child in for eye exams per their instructions.
What To Expect From Your Child's Eye Exam
A lot of factors influence the frequency with which you should have an eye exam. Age, family history, certain medical conditions, and even your job could all have an impact on your eye health. While the American Optometric Association does offer general recommendations for scheduled eye exams, it’s very important that you listen to your doctor and follow their recommendations. They know the intricacies of your case, so they’re in the best position to determine how often you need an eye exam.
Myopia Control Could Save Your Child From a Heavy Prescription
Myopia or nearsightedness is becoming a more common issue in kids. And while lots of kids only have a very minor case when they’re first diagnosed, it always gets worse as they grow up. Myopia control can help prevent your child’s nearsightedness from getting much more severe before they reach adulthood.
What to Bring to Your Eye Exam
If it’s your child’s first visit with us, we ask that you bring the following with you:
Your child’s current glasses
A list of your child’s current medications; prescribed, over the counter, and supplements
Your insurance information
The name & address of your pediatrician or family doctor