It’s important for children to have their vision checked at least once before age 6, even if there aren’t any signs of eye problems. Finding and treating eye problems early on can save a child’s sight.
Healthy eyes and vision are very important to a child’s development. Growing children constantly use their eyes, both at play and in the classroom.
What are common eye problems in children?
These common eye problems can be treated if they are found early enough:
Other conditions – like being nearsighted or farsighted – can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Conditions like these are called refractive errors.
Eye exams are part of regular checkups.
The doctor will check your child’s eyes during each checkup, beginning with your child’s first well-baby visit.
Around age 3 or 4, the doctor will give your child a more complete eye exam to make sure her vision is developing normally. If there are any problems, the doctor may send your child to an eye doctor.
Is my child at risk for vision problems?
If your family has a history of childhood vision problems, your child may be more likely to have eye problems. Talk to the doctor about eye problems in your family.