PARENT'S GUIDE TO A CHILD'S EYE EXAMINATION
Eye examinations for children are as special and individual as they are, says the American Optometric Association. Children's growth and development stages play a large role in their vision, something the optometrist will consider during the examination.
The association recommends a first eye examination at age six months, another at age three, one when the child starts school, and from then on, at least every two years.
In some cases, the examining optometrist may recommend earlier or more frequent examinations. Infants and toddlers should be seen earlier if parents note such conditions are crossed eyes or congenital cataracts or if behavior indicates a possible vision or vision perception problem.
Generally, the optometrist needs about 30 to 60 minutes to complete the examination. The examination should include:
If the child's developmental behavioral or health history indicates a need, the optometrist should also test to be sure the child's vision skills are developing on schedule. Depending on the child's age level, the optometrist may observe the child playing with blocks, copying forms on paper or completing pictures drawn on paper.
- Information provided by the American Optometric Association -