Proper eye care is important at all ages, but it is especially critical at a young age. The American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates that 1 in 5 preschool children and 1 in 4 school-aged children have vision problems. If these problems are not corrected early, they can cause more serious issues and even permanent sight loss further down the line.
At eyecarecenter, we are committed to helping people of all ages, especially children. We understand that a child’s visual development can affect other areas of his or her life including basic motor skills, ability to learn in school, athletic ability, and more.
Eye Care Recommendations by Age
- 6 months: Infants should receive their first comprehensive eye exam.
- 3 years: Comprehensive eye exam
- 5 years: Comprehensive eye exam
- If a child has vision problems, the AOA recommends annual checkups into adulthood.
- If a child has healthy eyesight, the AOA recommends checkups every two years into adulthood.
Warning Signs to Look For
Children are more responsive to eye treatments at an early age, so the earlier you can catch issues, the more likely you are to resolve them. If your child has any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment to see an eye doctor:
- Excessive tearing
- Extreme sensitivity to light
- Constant eye turning
- Appearance of a white pupil
- Red or encrusted eye lids
Even if your child has no physical warning signs, there are many conditions that can only be found with a comprehensive eye exam. It is also possible for your child to pass screenings at school or the pediatrician’s office without certain conditions being detected, so it is important to see an eye doctor even if no issues are found.