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Preventative eye examinations should occur at the A colorful picture of children wearing glasses.following intervals for infants, toddlers and children.

Age:

  • 9 mos – 1st eye examination
  • 3 years – 2nd eye examination
  • 5-18 – Every 1-2 years as determined by your optometrist

The Eye Care Center participates in the Infant See program. This program provides you with a complimentary screening exam for your infant. The preferred age this should occur is at 9 months.

Did you know that nearly 80% of what a child perceives, comprehends, and remembers depends on the efficiency of the visual system.

A comprehensive eye examination is so important for children to help them ensure vision is not a limiting factor in reaching their potential in school. Screenings that are provided in school are beneficial; however, they are very limited in what the screening actually assesses and can result in undiagnosed problems.

A comprehensive eye examination by your Eye Care Center optometrist will entail not only an assessment of the refractive error (prescription) and ocular health, but also a thorough analysis of the binocular vision system, that is how the eyes truly team together to focus and align. If there is any deficiency in binocularity, it can have a significant impact on how well a child can perform in school.

Symptoms that may indicate a prescription need or a binocular vision disorder include:

  • skipping lines while reading
  • reversing letters or numbers
  • poor reading comprehension
  • headaches following near work
  • double vision
  • distance blur
  • following near work
  • having an eye that turns in or out
  • unusual eye rubbing
  • trouble concentrating

Depending on the results of the binocularity assessment, your child may be a candidate for a home based computerized vision therapy program. Utilization of this program could result in the significant reduction or elimination of your child’s symptoms within just a few months.