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Posted on 01-15-2017

As a parent, you may wonder whether your pre-schooler has a vision problem or when your child's first eye exam should be scheduled.

It is recommended by the AOA, that the first comprehensive eye exam is performed at 6 months of age.  Next, an exam should be scheduled at age 3 and then again when they start school.  According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 25 percent of all school-age children have vision problems.

Early identification of a child's vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.  How can you tell if your child has vision problems?  Here are some warning signs you should be aware of:

  • Babies under 3 months should be able to track an object with their eyes
  • A lazy eye may show no warning signs so it is important to have a comprehensive exam done at 6 months
  • Eyes that look misaligned, crossed or turned
  • White or grayish-white color in the pupil
  • Eyes that flutter quickly from side to side or up and down
  • Bulging eye(s)
  • Child often complains of eye pain, itchiness, or discomfort
  • Redness in either eye that doesn't go away in a few days
  • Puss or crust in either eye
  • Eyes that are always watery
  • Drooping eyelid(s)
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Excessive blinking
  • Squinting
  • Eyes that are always sensitive to light
  • Any change in the eyes from how they usually look

We are proud to be a member of the American Optometric Association's InfantSEE® Program. This is a one-time service which offers early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income or ability to pay. 

Click here for more information on pediatric exams.

If you believe your child should see an eye doctor, call us at 856-854-3937 (EYES) to schedule an appointment.

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