Children’s vision care is essential to every child’s development. Experts say that over 80 percent of what a child learns in school is presented visually, so making sure your son or daughter has good vision can make a big difference in their academic performance.
Regular eye exams for children can detect any nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism your child has so it can be promptly treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Early childhood exams are also needed to make sure your child’s eyes are healthy and to rule out amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turn), and other binocular vision problems that may interfere with your child’s vision development, academic performance, or sports vision.
Early identification of a child’s vision problem can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first eye exam at 6 months of age. Children should then have additional eye exams at age 3, and again at about age 5 or 6, when starting kindergarten or first grade. If your child has never has an eye exam, it’s never too late!
For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually.
At Frontier Eye Care, we have kids of our own, and understand that a visit to the doctor can be intimidating for young children. So we try to make the visit enjoyable and fun for our young patients. Our pediatric eye exams usually take about 20 minutes (depending upon the cooperation of the patient, of course!)
Ensure a lifetime of clear, comfortable vision for your kids. Call Frontier Eye Care to schedule an eye exam appointment for them at (307) 472-2020.