At what age should my child have their first eye exam? The American Optometric Association recommends that pre-school children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six months, three years and five years. It is particularly important that a child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into kindergarten. Our family oriented office is the perfect place for your child’s first exam.
Are school vision screenings accurate? School vision screenings have been proven highly dependable for detecting certain but are not a complete eye examination of early visual anomalies and undiagnosed conditions.
What about sun protection for my child?
According to The American Optometric Association, children’s eyes can often be more susceptible to long-term sun damage because the lenses of their eyes are thinner than adults. Since our younger patients are likely to spend a lot of time outdoors, we highly recommend that steps be taken to protect their eyes from the sun.
If my child wears glasses all of the time will it make his/her eyes worse?
No, wearing glasses does not have any effect on your current or future prescription How often should I have my child’s eyes examined? While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended.
At what age do contact lenses become practical?
Everyone can wear contacts, from babies to seniors. Practically, we recommend them as an option for children that are responsible or have athletic activities where glasses can be unsafe. These activities would include football, basketball, soccer and gymnastic to name a few.
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