CHILD EYE HEALTH
It's especially important that children get their eyes regularly checked. Seeing a doctor at an early age can help correct vision problems that could go unnoticed later in life. The earlier a child's eye problems are detected the easier it is to treat the issue.
Routine eye exams are essential for children to be ready to learn in school, and experts say more than 80 percent of information children receive in classrooms is presented visually.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children generally should have their first eye exam at 6 months of age, another exam at age three and again at the start of school. Risk-free children should then continue to have their eyes examined every two years until age 18.
Children with risk factors for vision problems may need their first eye exam earlier than 6 months of age and may need more frequent eye exams throughout childhood. Examples of risk factors include:
- History of premature birth or low birth weight
- Infection of mother during pregnancy (examples: rubella, venereal disease, herpes, AIDS)
- Developmental delays
- Turned or crossed eyes strabismus
- Family history of eye disease
- High refractive error or anisometropia
- Other physical illness or disease
Also, children who currently wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have annual eye exams, according to the AOA.
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