Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6 months.
Things that the Optometrist will test for include:
- excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- eye movement ability
- eye health problems
These problems are not common, but it is important to identify children who have them at this young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early. InfantSEE is a no-cost service for infants between 6 and 12 months.
Children’s Vision and Eye Health
Unlike the simple screening done by a school nurse or your pediatrician’s office, a comprehensive eye exam involves checking for color blindness, eye alignment (teaming), ocular motility (tracking), and depth perception in addition to doing the standard E-chart visual acuity test. We would also check that the structures of your child’s eye look normal and healthy.
Whether or not you suspect your child has a vision problem, we’d love to see them to make sure their eyes are working well or to start planning treatment for a vision problem.
At West Michigan Eyecare, your children will be at ease. We have a child-friendly waiting area and vast selection of eyeglasses for kids. Our staff will make them feel welcome and comfortable during their appointment from start to finish. Schedule an appointment today.