After your child is born they quickly begin to develop the skills and coordination they’ll use for the rest of their life. Just as your doctor will check to see if your child is eating solid foods and walking on-schedule, you’ll need to make sure their eyesight is progressing properly as well. Taking your child to their first eye appointment is an important step in guaranteeing their growth and ongoing health.
The First Eye Exam
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that children receive their first comprehensive eye exam when they are first born. While a baby’s vision is not fully formed by this point, it’s important to determine whether or not their eyes and eyesight are developing properly. At your child’s first eye exam the doctor will check to make sure their eyes move and respond to light properly, as well as check for:
- Myopia: Also called “nearsightedness,” this means your child can see okay up close but objects farther away become blurry.
- Hyperopia: Also called “farsightedness,” this means your child can see things well from far away; but close up objects are blurry.
- Astigmatism: Incorrect eye shape that makes everything look blurry.
- Amblyopia: One eye is weaker or stronger than the other.
If your child needs any special treatment for an eye condition, you might be recommended to a specialist who can better help you create a plan to correct your baby’s vision.
Keeping an Eye on Your Child’s Vision
As your child grows up it’s important they get regular eye screenings through a primary care provider, especially before they start going to school, so any potential issues can be detected before they become serious. After their very first examination the AAO recommends a child undergo a second eye exam when they are between six months and one year of age. During their school years, children should be regularly tested for visual acuity as well as any serious issues through the use of eye charts and other vision screening techniques.
Vision screenings use the ever-familiar eye charts of pictures, letters and numbers to measure how well your child sees form and detail. Only if they struggle with these simple exams should they need another comprehensive eye examination.
Comprehensive Vision Services
Edina Eye is proud to continue a history of eye care excellence that has made us go-to experts for more than 50 years. Our experienced team is available in eight convenient locations across the Minneapolis area, so you’re never far away from comprehensive eye treatments. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment!