When should your children have their eyes tested?
Newborns should be checked for general eye health by a pediatrician or family physician in the hospital nursery.
At about 3.5 years kids should undergo eye health screenings and visual acuity tests with their family doctor.
If there are no symptoms of vision problems before, around age 5 kids should have their vision and eye alignment evaluated by an optometrist.
Children who are prescribed vision correction lenses should visit their optometrist annually.
Spotting Eye Problems Early
Signs that a child may have vision problems include:
- constant eye rubbing
- extreme light sensitivity
- poor focusing
- poor visual tracking (following an object)
- abnormal alignment or movement of the eyes (after 6 months of age)
- chronic redness of the eyes
- chronic tearing of the eyes
- a white pupil instead of black
- inability to see objects at a distance
- inability to read the blackboard
- difficulty reading
- sitting too close to the TV
If caught early, eye conditions often can be reversed.