A children’s eye exam not only ensures their eye health, but it can also positively impact their ability to learn at school. At Frame & Focus Eye Care in Richmond, Texas, Sarah Zaver, OD, FAAO, and Angela Chu, OD, provide comprehensive eye exams for every member of your family. They take the time to evaluate your children’s eye health and detect underlying problems as early as possible. Even if your child doesn’t appear to have trouble seeing, it’s important to make sure their eyes are healthy. Book your children’s eye exam online or call the office at (832) 930-7797 to schedule.

Children’s Eye Exam Q & A

How early should I schedule a children’s eye exam?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), you should schedule your baby’s first eye exam with an optometrist when your child is about six months old. At this first appointment, your eye doctor examines your baby’s eyes for signs of eye movement ability, eye health problems, and early signs of astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness. While it’s not common to discover vision problems at a young age, vision problems are easier to correct if they are detected in the earliest stages.

If your doctor at Frame & Focus Eye Care doesn’t detect any vision concerns at your baby’s first eye exam, you should schedule the next one around age three or four. By then, your child’s eyes are nearly done growing and developing, so if there’s a problem, this is the time to catch it. After that, schedule your children’s eye exams annually, just like checkups at the pediatrician’s office.

What conditions can an optometrist detect during a children’s eye exam?

Since undetected vision problems are closely linked to your child’s performance in school, it’s best to diagnose and correct these concerns as early as possible. At a children’s eye exam, your optometrist evaluates your child for:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Astigmatism
  • Lazy eye (amblyopia)
  • Visual acuity
  • Accuracy of eye movement skills
  • Accuracy of focusing skills

Your optometrist evaluates your child’s eye muscles and the health of their retinas and prescribes glasses or other therapies to correct problems as early as possible. For example, if your child has a lazy eye, an eye patch over the stronger eye can help the weaker eye muscles develop, so by the time your child is ready for school, they have improved vision.

What are some signs that my child has vision problems?

Often, young children can’t communicate their vision issues to adults, so watch for signs that your little one is having trouble seeing clearly, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Excessive blinking
  • Squinting
  • Tilting their head to one side
  • Poor reading comprehension skills
  • Short attention span at school
  • Losing their place often when reading a book

If you suspect your child is having trouble seeing, don’t wait to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam. A simple vision test at the pediatrician may not be adequate for detecting underlying problems.

Call Frame & Focus Eye Care to book an appointment for a children’s eye exam or use the online scheduler.