Your child’s eye health should be monitored with the same attention that you would give to any other aspect of his or her health. From as early as one year of life, your doctor will evaluate your child’s eyes for eye movement ability and proper eye alignment. To find out when you should bring your child in to see an optometrist, continue reading:
Initial Eye Exam
As early as preschool, children can develop visual impairments that often go unnoticed if the child fails to communicate the problem. While most schools will offer a vision-screening test to students, it is important that you make an appointment with a formal optometrist who will have the necessary tools to evaluate eyes. The earlier you bring your child in for an eye exam, the better his or her chances for developing healthier vision will be.
Signs of a Problem
You may want to consult an optometrist at the first sign of serious eyesight issues. If you notice poor hand/eye coordination, frequent headaches, eye rubbing, or recurrent tearing, your child may have developed an eye condition. Fortunately, such conditions as lazy eye can be corrected if detected early on.
It is important to get in the routine of visiting an optometrist regularly—especially for young children, as eyesight can change in as little as one year. If your child’s eyesight worsens and they have not updated their eyeglasses prescription, they risk straining their eyes and miss out on valuable time for strengthening their vision.
If you’re in the Long Island area, bring your child in to Wize Eyes for his or her first eye exam. Our great selection of fashionable eyewear will make your child feel even more confident with their improved vision. To make an appointment, call us at (516) 358-0040 today.