When Is It Time for Your Child’s First Eye Exam?
Parents understand the importance of physical exams for their children. This includes their eye health. But when should vision testing begin for children?
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), Your child should have their first comprehensive eye exam between 6-12 months of age. Additional eye exams should be performed at least once between 3-5 years of age, and again just before your child begins the first grade. After that, annual eye exams are recommended until age 18.
Depending on a doctor’s assessment of your child’s individual risks, more frequent vision screenings may be advisable.
When younger children are involved, you can prepare yourself and your child for their eye exam by seeking out an optometrist specializing in pediatric patients, preparing a list of any concerns or questions that you have, and explaining to your child in simple terms what their visit to the eye doctor will be like.
Regular eye exams ensure that your child’s eye health is properly monitored, and with a little preparation, they can even be a fun experience.