Eye Exams for kids?
Most children regularly visit the pediatrician and the dentist, but a majority never see an eye doctor. Yet vision is the most important sense a child uses in learning. And undetected vision problems can cause poor school performance, not to mention behavior problems.
Eye screenings in school can catch some vision problems, but not all.
A comprehensive eye exam is needed to check for many potential problems, including:
Strabismus (a "turned" eye)
Ambloypia ("lazy eye")
Eye movement disorders
Eye focusing problems
Visual perception difficulties
Congenital cataracts and glaucoma
Our recommendation is for infants to have an eye exam between 6 and 12 months, then again at age 3, age 5, and yearly thereafter.