It is difficult if not impossible for a parent to determine if their child is having a vision problem. While vision is pervasive and touches all aspects of our lives, our children will rarely report a vision problem but simply try to do their best to cope. The only sure way of knowing if your child’s vision is at 100% is to visit your optometrist for a comprehensive pediatric eye exam.
Five to ten percent of all preschoolers and as high as twenty-five percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Parents can help avoid many, school and social problems by ensuring your child’s vision is not compromised and any issue are identified as early on as possible. Like many problems, early diagnosis has been shown to lead to better outcomes.
While we often associate a child’s first eye exam with school, the American Optometric Association recommends that infants receive their first eye exam at the age of 6 months. Children should also be examined at 3 and then again at 5 or 6 as they enter formal school. Once in school, children should receive a comprehensive eye exam every two years unless recommended otherwise by your optometrist.
Pediatric vision care is not only a skill, but a passion and an art which is embraced by Drs. Holden and Knapp. These optometrists have an engaging and relaxing bedside manner that makes the visit to the eye doctor fun for children. Just look at their lobby which includes a specially designed waiting room just for kids.
Family eye care, including children of all ages is the commitment of the Family Optometric Group.