Vision is perhaps the most important of our five senses; it plays a significant role throughout childhood and beyond. At times parents don’t understand how vision helps their children develop appropriately. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. After that, kids should have routine eye exams at age 3 and again at age 5 or 6 (just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade).
Signs that a child may have vision problems include:
- Constant eye rubbing
- Extreme light sensitivity
- Poor focusing
- Poor visual tracking (following an object)
- Abnormal alignment or movement of the eyes (after 6 months of age)
- Chronic redness of the eyes
- Chronic tearing of the eyes
- A white pupil instead of black
Catching some of this problems early could make a world of difference in your child’s vision and later in life. At Bay Area Eye Center, we are dedicated and committed to providing the best eye care for even the youngest children. For more information about eye exams for kids or to schedule your child’s first eye exam, please call our office.