While it is common practice for pediatricians to conduct a brief vision screening at your child’s annual physical, it is important to emphasize that these screenings are not a substitute for a thorough eye examination performed by an eye doctor. Children should start to have eye examinations around 3-4 years of age and on a yearly basis.
Eye exams for children are very important to insure your child's eyes are healthy and have no vision problems that could interfere with school performance and potentially affect your child's safety. Remember that appropriate vision testing at an early age is vital to insure your child has the visual skills he or she needs to perform well in school. A child who is unable to see print or view a blackboard can become easily frustrated, leading to poor academic performance.
Focusing ability, poor depth perception and color blindness are just some of the things our doctors will look for during your child’s examination. Some vision problems, such as lazy eye, are best treated if they are detected and corrected as early as possible while the child's vision system is still developing.
Be sure to tell your eye doctor if your child has or displays any of the following:
A history of prematurity
Delayed motor development
Frequent eye rubbing
Failure to maintain eye contact
Poor eye tracking skills