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Children's Eye Exams

Some parents don’t think their kids need eye exams until they are old enough to read.

The truth is that vision is a key part of a child’s development, and it 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 1-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

Many factors influence the frequency with which your child should have an eye exam. Age, family history, and certain medical conditions could all have an impact on eye health. While the American Optometric Association does offer general recommendations for scheduled eye exams, it’s very important that you listen to your child's doctor and follow their recommendations. They know the intricacies of your child's specific case, so they’re in the best position to determine how often your child will 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 many 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.

Read more about myopia control.

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 child's insurance information

  • The name & address of your child's pediatrician or family doctor

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