As parents, we naturally want the very best for our children, which includes good eyesight. After all, their vision makes it possible for them to experience the world, learn, and enjoy life. That said, regular eye exams with a pediatric eye care professional can go a long way toward protecting their vision and overall eye health.
WHEN SHOULD PARENTS START SCHEDULING EYE EXAMS FOR THEIR CHILDREN?
Because young children are not as attuned to changes in their eyesight as adults, it is important for parents to start scheduling eye exams for their children as early as possible. According to most eye care professionals, pediatric eye care should include the following:
- First exam at 6 months
- Second exam at age 3
- Annual eye exams after age 3
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A PEDIATRIC EYE EXAM AT A VISION CARE AUSTIN EYE CLINIC
During a pediatric eye exam, your child’s eyes will be evaluated by an eye care professional who will determine if they need vision correction. For some children, vision problems like nearsightedness or farsightedness can start early and become worse if left untreated. Regular pediatric eye exams can also detect early signs of eye disease as well, some of which include
- Color blindness
- Lazy eye
- Pink eye
- Retinitis pigmentosa
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL FOR YOUR CHILD
As with all matters involving a child’s health and well-being, parents should do their due diligence in choosing the right eye care professional for their child. That said, parents shouldn’t hesitate to ask a prospective eye doctor questions as this will help them determine whether or not they are a good fit for their child. To help get you started, here is a list of frequently asked questions:
- How long does the eye exam take?
- Does the exam include testing for eye disease?
- Will my child’s pupils need to be dilated for the exam?
- Do I need to provide my child’s medical history?
- Will the exam include checking for astigmatism?
Obviously, there are a variety of questions that can be asked to determine whether or not a prospective eye care professional is a good fit for your child; however, these some of the most frequently asked. That being said, if you’re ready to schedule an appointment to have your child’s vision and eye health checked, you’re encouraged to contact Austin Vision Center to schedule a free consultation.