Vision health plays an important role in a child’s social, physical and mental acuity. Eyesight is a major part of hand-eye coordination, learning to walk, playing sports and making academic achievements throughout childhood. A child with uncorrected vision impairments is likely to face unnecessary developmental barriers throughout his or her life.
Like adults, children can develop many types of vision and eye health problems. Though uncommon, even young babies and toddlers may experience eye-related complications. Examples of possible childhood vision problems include, but are not limited to:
- Lazy eye
- Eye misalignment
- Color blindness
Your child’s exam experience will vary depending on his or her age. In young babies, an optometrist will test a child’s ability to focus the eyes, as well as the response of pupils when exposed to light. By the toddler and preschool years, a child’s eyes can be tested for visual acuity and lenses prescribed to correct impairments.
Elementary age children can expect a more comprehensive experience similar to that of an adult. Children in first grade or older can be tested for a myriad of eye health complications, including colorblindness, developmental problems, visual impairment, depth perception and even the early stages of eye disease.
Does Your Child Need a Vision Exam in Plano or Celina?
All children should have their eyes examined by an optometrist periodically throughout childhood. The American Optometric Association recommends that a child have a first professional eye exam after age six months and no later than his or her first birthday. Additional vision check-ups should occur every two years thereafter and more frequently for children with eye health or vision complications.
Vision problems should be identified in children as early as possible. At Lone Star Vision, we encourage early vision screenings as they allow for earlier diagnosis of eye health problems and accordingly, easier and more effective treatment. Keep in mind that a school vision screening is no substitute for a comprehensive optometric eye exam. Even students with 20/20 vision can suffer from vision problems.
In addition to periodic vision exams, we also recommend scheduling an appointment for your child if he or she is exhibiting signs of possible vision changes. This may include frequent eye-rubbing, squinting and covering one eye. Some kids may experiencing vision-related difficulty in school, such as problems with reading comprehension or frequently losing place while reading. Other signs to watch out for include double vision, frequent headaches, and an eye that turns in or out.
If it is time for your child’s periodic vision exam or if your child is showing symptoms of vision impairment, we invite you to contact our office. One of our helpful staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have about pediatric vision exams and schedule your child’s appointment at a time convenient for you. We look forward to serving your family at Lone Star Vision.