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As a child is growing, many different systems and skills are developing at the same time. In order to ensure your child is healthy and thriving, it’s essential that they get regular checkups with their pediatrician, and the same is true when it comes to eye exams from a pediatric optometrist. These vision checkups are often omitted, however, especially when a child doesn’t seem to be having any obvious trouble seeing.
A lack of symptoms is one of the main reasons people overlook routine pediatric eye exams. Another is the fact that most regular pediatric checkups include a distance vision screening, and children sometimes receive these in school as well. While those tests are an important part of ensuring a child has visual acuity in certain areas, they don't test all aspects of proper eye development.
For instance, these exams aren’t effective at detecting farsightedness, which is a condition that impacts only your ability to focus clearly on objects up close. Other conditions, like astigmatism, often won’t cause problems in very young children, but as their eyes grow as they get older, the malformation can become more pronounced, leading to a deterioration in their vision.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children with no symptoms or significant risk factors receive their first eye exam at six months of age. After that, barring the development of symptoms, they should return at age three, and then again before they start first grade, with routine checkups performed every two years after that.
For children who do have a noticeable vision impairment or who are at risk of developing a vision problem, the first exam with an optometrist should be conducted by the time they’re six months old. Depending on the findings of that exam, the child may have to return sooner, or they may wait until their third birthday, after which point they should receive annual eye exams.
Whether your child is young and asymptomatic or they have a history of vision problems, our professionals are here to provide the eye care they need. We can see patients in any one of our three Florida offices, which are located in Coral Springs, Lighthouse Point, and Boca Raton.
When you visit Eye Site Vision Center with your child for a pediatric eye exam, we will complete a thorough evaluation in a comfortable and non-threatening environment. Our specialists have experience examining children of all ages, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure your visit is as productive and stress-free as possible.
To learn more about our pediatric eye exams or to schedule an appointment, call our offices today at 954-344-3937.