Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam shows their eyes are healthy, follow up with another appointment between the age of 2-3.
Although many schools offer annual eye exams, they are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. If you notice your child is having trouble with their vision, schedule an appointment with our doctor so he 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 develop into something worse.
Pay attention to these five symptoms as they can be related to vision problems for children:
- Rubbing the eyes
- Excessive blinking
- Frequent squinting
- Regular Headaches
- 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. Timothy D. Rioux, O.D. 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 doctor will not take any longer than necessary to accurately assess your child’s eye health. Children need to experience their adventures in high definition and we are here to make sure they do!