Eighty percent of what a child learns is through vision. Good vision is important for child development, safety, and education. It is imperative for children to have comprehensive eye exams, as they may not recognize the symptoms of poor vision or be able to communicate them properly. Many conditions, if not treated at a young age, can result in permanent vision loss.
Many issues related to vision are difficult to detect, especially in the case of infants. The InfantSEE program is a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months at no cost. The basic things your Optometrist will look for include: nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, eye movement ability and eye health problems. As with all vision issues, the earlier you detect them the better.
After the appointment for your child is made, the real work begins. Visiting any doctor's office can be a daunting task for a toddler. To help ease your mind as well as your child's nerves, prepare yourself and your little one with a few easy steps.
Call our office and ask if you and your child could tour the office before the exam. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to see the equipment, sit in the "big" chair and meet the doctor without the pressure of an exam.
Play games with your child that initiate a conversation about going to the optometrist, such as I Spy. Be honest with your little one about the exam when he or she asks questions.
Relax! If your child senses your anxiety during the exam, he or she will in turn be nervous.
Lastly, educate yourself about the appointment. If you are unsure about what tests will be run on your little one, call and ask our office. Have a list of questions ready for the optometrist. It is easy to get overwhelmed with so much information, so having a list of questions ready and waiting will help organize you during the exam.
|Birth to 24 Months||Between 6 to 12 months of age or as recommended|
|2 to 5 years||At 3 years of age or as recommended|
|6 to 18 years||Annually or as recommended|