Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of kids' development. Their eyes should be examined regularly, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early.
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:
If caught early, eye conditions often can be reversed.
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