pediatric eye exams
Is a visit to your optometrist on your "to-do" list for your child? A comprehensive eye exam is one of the most important "todo"s and is often overlooked. 80 percent of learning comes by way of vision during the first 12 years of life. Growth, development and academic success are directly linked to good vision. Over 10 million children have undetected vision problems. Without an eye exam, these problems are overlooked and may be misdiagnosed as a learning disorder. Take the following quiz to see if you are up to date on your child's vision.
- A child should receive their first eye exam at 6 months old. T/F
- Your child will be able to tell if they are having vision problems. T/F
- If my child passes a vision screening, I can be confident that their vision is good. T/F
- As a parent, I would be able to tell if my child had a visual problem just by looking at them. T/F
- Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the US and the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood. T/F
- True. This offers early detection of any eye or vision problems.
- False. Children don't know if their vision differs from others, so if they see blur or they are having difficulties, they assume it is normal vision.
- False. They should see their optometrist to determine vision at far and near, eye alignment, and ocular health.
- False. Vision problems often do not have obvious signs or symptoms.
- True. Yet under the age of 6, only 14% of children have.
As a general rule, we recommend children have their first eye exam beginning at 6 mo. of age, and every year after that. This is to rule out major eye diseases, and to screen for crossed eyes or lazy eyes, which must be treated before age three to have any success.
Remember that the vision screening done at their school only checks for one eye condition (near-sightedness), so check-ups done by an eye doctor are necessary to uncover all possible eye conditions.