With so much going on in your child’s life it can be difficult to keep up, but it’s important to make sure they can see the world in front of them as clearly as possible. Children should have their first comprehensive eye exam by the age of four or earlier if parents suspect any issues. If the first exam shows their eyes are healthy, follow up with another appointment at least every two years.
Although many schools offer annual eye screenings, they are not complete exams. Studies have shown up to 80% of school or pediatric screenings are inaccurate and rarely include eye coordination, depth perception, eye tracking, and eye health. If you notice your child is having vision trouble, schedule an appointment with our doctors so they can address the issue and get them back on track. As with most conditions, early detection can make the solution much easier than waiting to see the doctor and allowing the problem to develop into something worse.
Pay attention to these five symptoms as they can be related to vision problems for children:
1. Rubbing the eyes
2. Excessive blinking
3. Frequent squinting
4. Regular Headaches
5. Shutting one eye to focus
Even if eye problems do not run in the family and your child hasn’t displayed any of the symptoms above, they should visit the optometrist every year after the age of 3 to ensure their eyes are in good health. Buckeyecare Optometrists can address any questions you have regarding your child’s first visit to the eye doctor before the appointment so they know exactly what to expect. Our eye exams are complete, the practice is comfortable, and the appointment with our doctors will not take very long. Children need to experience their adventures in high definition and we are here to make sure they do!