Your child’s first eye pediatric eye exam should take place by the time your baby reaches 6 months of age. The doctor will check to ensure that each eye is straight, focuses properly and no internal eye disease is present. The ability to see grows right along with your infant. Your infant should gradually be able to recognize faces and develop depth perception. If your infant’s eyes appear white in photos or you notice the eyes turning out or in, it’s important to notify a pediatric optometrist.
The Importance of a Pediatric Eye Exam
From ages 2 to 5, a child continues to develop visual abilities. Preschoolers fine-tune their visual skills from activities, such as cutting paper, coloring pictures and assembling Legos. They depend on vision to learn school tasks. With a pediatric eye exam, you can ensure that your child is developing visual perceptual skills and eye-hand coordination skills that are needed to learn how to read and write. During this age period, your optometrist can diagnose visual problems and prescribe treatment, including vision therapy and prescription eye glasses. The American Public Health Association reports that approximately 10 percent of preschoolers have vision problems. Signs that your preschooler may have a vision problem include squinting, short attention span, avoidance of detailed activities like puzzles and sitting too close to the television.
Your child’s eyes are important learning tools in school. That’s why eye exams for kids should be on an annual basis. As children progress in grade, there are increasing demands on their visual abilities. The amount of time spent reading increases, and the size of print in books becomes smaller. Undetected vision disorders can lead to a misdiagnosis of a learning disability or poor performance in school. Vision problems like astigmatism, myopia and nearsightedness can gradually develop without notice throughout your child’s school years.
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Every child needs vision skills for effective reading and learning, including visual acuity, focusing capabilities, the visual ability to track, eye teaming, eye-hand coordination and depth perception. If any of these visual skills are not functioning properly or lacking, your child will have to work harder. It can also lead to fatigue and headaches. At Vision City, we offer comprehensive eye exams for kids at every age. Dr. Accettura and the Vision City team take your child’s eye health and visual performance very seriously.
Infant eye exams generally consist of testing pupil response to light, fixate and follow tests and preferential looking tests. Common vision testing for preschooler includes the use of LEA symbols, retinoscopy and random dot stereopsis. We also test for strabismus, convergence insufficiency, color vision, depth perception and eye health, including an examination of the cornea, iris and lens.
If it’s time to have an eye exam for your child, call Vision City today at 845-561-0305 to set up an appointment. We’re always happy to explain all testing procedures and help ensure your child’s eye health.