Parents often wonder when they should schedule their child’s first eye exam. While many schools require children to have an eye exam before beginning kindergarten, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests that children have their first comprehensive eye exam as early as 6 months of age, with additional exams at ages 3 and 5. Exams should then continue every two years if the child has no vision problems, or annually if the child requires vision correction.
With 25% percent of school-aged children having vision problems, early detection is vital. Children need basic eyesight skills such as near vision, distance vision, hand-eye coordination, and focusing skills in order to learn. Early eye exams are crucial in order to ensure that children have the best chance possible to succeed in school. If left untreated, vision problems can lead to learning issues or even permanent vision loss.
While some schools offer vision screenings, they are often not thorough enough to diagnose more in-depth problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye) or eye coordination issues. Most school vision screenings only test for problems with distance vision and are often performed by someone with limited training.
International Eyecare Center offers 50% off exams and, if needed, eyewear for children entering kindergarten. Set your child up for success from the beginning with a comprehensive eye exam!