The Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of American Optometric Association. The opinions and text are all mine.
The Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams
There are so many things to think about as a busy parent. One thing you might not realize is that your child should have their first pediatric eye assessment between the ages of 6 and 12 months! After the first exam, your child’s next assessment should be around three years old unless you notice that your child seems to be having issues.
But remember that not all kids will show signs of a vision problem so it’s important to get them checked out regularly!
I know Carrigan was definitely all about exploring the world around her during that six to 12 month stretch!
It’s been a year since YouTube sensation, Baby Piper, first tried on her pink glasses and saw her parents clearly for the very first time! Her parents first realized that something wasn’t quite right when she was 10 months old and wasn’t meeting developmental milestones.
After a visit to a doctor of optometry, they found out that she was extremely farsighted. Piper got her new glasses a week later and if you saw the video, you know how her ability to see was changed! She’s now reaching her developmental milestones at the appropriate times!
Common Vision Milestones
If you’re wondering what you should be looking for in terms of your child’s vision. Here are a few common milestones:
- Birth to four months: Children should be focusing on objects eight to ten inches from them and focusing on your face.
- Five to eight months: This is the time depth perception awareness starts and by around eight to nine months, most children begin to crawl.
- Nine to 12 months: Babies begin grasping objects and pulling themselves up to a standing position. Many will begin walking around 12 months.
- One to two years: Children begin in recognize objects and have developed a sense of hand-eye coordination and depth perception.
While infant vision problems are rare, you should watch for some of the signs that indicate eye health or vision issues. Some things to watch for include:
- Excessive tearing
- Red/encrusted eyelids
- Constant eye turning
- Extreme sensitivity to light
- Appearance of white pupil
Through the American Optometric Association‘s public health program, InfantSEE®, children between six to 12 months can get a pediatric eye assessment at no cost! Visit the AOA’s doctor locator to find an InfantSEE® provider in your area.
The American Optometric Association’s 2015 Eye-Q Survey® showed that 89% of those surveyed believe vision screenings (like those offered at school and pediatric offices) are an effective way to detect vision problems. They are a huge help but a comprehensive pediatric eye exam is the only way to rule out all vision issues. So be sure to get your child in for one as soon as you can!
It’s one of those things we just need to add to our busy lives because we want our kids to be able to see all there is to see in the world!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of American Optometric Association. The opinions and text are all mine.