You might be surprised to learn that 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. If left undiscovered or untreated, these problems could get worse or negatively impact a child’s ability to learn or meet developmental milestones. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age.
Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6. By the age of six months, a baby’s vision should be the same as an adults so an eye exam at this age will include tests of pupil response, ability to fixate and follow a moving object and the use of preferential vision which compares the babies visual response to blank cards and with those that are striped or colored.
So the message is don’t wait until your children are of reading or school age to check their eyes. Visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist because many problems can be corrected or avoided with early detection and intervention.