So When Should I Have My Child’s Eyes Examined?
Today, we have more information than ever before to protect your children’s eyes. Knowing when to have your optometrist examine your child’s eyes is imperative to giving them the best chance at enjoying good vision for as long as possible.
Preschool & Toddler-Age
Before your child enters preschool, having their eyes examined will ensure any early signs of eye disease are caught before they can progress and affect the chances of proper development.
The American Optometric Association recommends taking your child in for a fully comprehensive eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5. This exam will check for any conditions that can potentially have long-term effects on academic and subsequent professional success.
School-Age & Beyond
As your child grows and enters school full-time, they will rely on their eyes more than ever. Be sure to have their eyes examined before entering Grade 1 to ensure they have the visual skills necessary to succeed.
Starting your child’s annual comprehensive eye exams before the 1st Grade allows your optometrist to evaluate their eyes’ health and prescribe any corrective lenses or treatment necessary. Plus, instilling good health habits into your child at a young age will prepare them to take care of themselves as they grow into adulthood.