Eye Care & Protection
Children should have their eyes tested annually as vision is closely linked to the learning process, and poor vision can negatively impact a child's schoolwork. Children will often not complain about their vision, because they simply don't know what "normal" vision looks like.
Here are several warning signs that may indicate children are experiencing vision problems:
- Squinting, closing or covering one eye
- One or both eyes turning in or out
- Constantly holding materials close to the face
- Repeatedly rubbing eyes
- Continued redness or tearing
- Family history of vision problems
- Tilting their head
- Difficulty keeping their place while reading or skipping lines
- Frequent headaches, watery eyes or dry eyes
- Sitting at the front of the classroom in order to see or sitting close to the TV
- Bad behavior or problems in the classroom
An eye exam is important for all children and should not be confused with the eye screenings that often occur at school. These screenings, while important, cannot provide the same level of eye care and diagnosis that a comprehensive eye exam can.
Scheduling children’s eye exams beginning at an early age helps them grow accustomed to and more comfortable with the exam. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends infants should receive their first comprehensive eye exam as soon as six months old. Another eye exam should occur at three years old, and again before they enter kindergarten, usually between the ages of five and six.
If vision correction isn’t needed, AOA recommends school-age children receive an eye exam every two years. Children who wear glasses or contact lenses should receive an exam annually, or based on their eye care provider’s recommendation.
For more information about what you and they can expect during the exam, click here.