When Should My Child See an Eye Doctor?
The American Optometric Association (AOA) states that infants should have their first eye exam at six months. After that initial exam, children should have an eye exam at three years old, and then again at age five or six (right before they enter kindergarten). Children who are in school should then have an eye exam every other year to ensure there are no vision problems present.
There are numerous reasons why bringing your child into First Eye Care McKinney is so important. For one, many children are visual learners, which means it is important their eyes are healthy and free of any problems. Kids often don’t realize they have a vision problem, which could lead to setbacks. Bringing your child into First Eye Care for a pediatric eye exam is the best way to help them achieve optimal health and wellness. These early eye exams are important because they will make sure your child has these basic visual skills:
- Near vision
- Distance (far) vision
- Binocularity skills
- Eye movement skills
- Focusing skills
- Peripheral vision and awareness
- Eye/hand coordination
Eye Exams for Preschool-aged Children
Here at First Eye Care McKinney, we have the ability to test the eyes of children of all ages, including those in preschool. Some of the eye tests we will perform on these youngsters include:
- LEA symbols, which is an eye test that uses charts with symbols instead of letters (symbols include an apple, house, square, and circle)
- Retinoscopy, which is a test that shines a light into the child’s eye to see how it reflects from the retina
- Random Dot Stereopsis, which uses a dot pattern to observe the capability of the eyes of the child
There are several different types of eye problems and conditions that affect children that can be caught during a pediatric exam, including:
- Lazy eye
- Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes)
- Convergence insufficiency
- Focusing problems
- Eye teaming problems
To learn more about our vision services for children, please contact First Eye Care McKinney today and schedule an appointment for your child. If this is their first exam and you have questions prior to your visit, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and will do everything in our power to make sure you and your child are comfortable.