WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN HAVE THEIR EYES EXAMINED?
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam between 6 and 12 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6.
Reports have estimated that up to 25% of students in grades K – 6 have vision-related problems, which may contribute to poor school performance and low self-confidence. Many of these problems are missed on standard screenings since the child can see fine but their eyes don’t work well together. Since approximately 80 percent of all learning during a child’s first 12 years comes through vision, early diagnosis of pediatric vision problems is essential.