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.
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.
Finding and treating eye problems early on can save a child’s sight. These common eye problems can be treated if they are found early enough:
Older children and teens sometime develop nearsightedness (myopia). This can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
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.