Eye Exams for Children
"Better Vision. Better Health."
The Key to Visual Development
Regular eye exams are crucial for your child's visual development and in turn your child's overall development as studies have shown that up to 80 percent of what a child learns is presented visually.
As early as six months of age, basic eye functions such as fixation – how well you can view a stable object, binocularity – how well your eyes work together, and field of vision can be assessed. Furthermore, ocular diseases in children such as congenital
cataracts or retinoblastoma have a much better prognosis if diagnosed and treated early. Early detection is also key to treating conditions more common conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus which have a much better prognosis if treatment is initiated early on. If a lazy eye is left untreated in a child then there is a possibility of permanent loss of potential visual acuity.
We recommend a child's first eye examination between 6 months and 12 months of age followed by annual eye examinations through elementary and high school up to age 18.