How important are eye exams for children?
Consider that 80 percent of the material taught in school is presented in visual form. Identifying and managing vision problems early can help children in school, sports and social interactions. Early intervention may even preserve sight and correct issues that could cause irreversible damage.
When should you bring your child in for an exam, and does a child's exam differ much from that which an adult receives?
The American Optometric Association recommends children have their first eye exam at six months of age. At Booth Optometry Group we believe every child needs a comprehensive eye exam before they begin kindergarden. The details of how your child’'s exam will be conducted depends on their age. Generally, the examination will include color vision assesment, binocularity testing, eye health evaluation, and determining whether eyeglasses are required.
Some children are able to have periodic screenings at school or at the pediatrician’'s office and are reported to have perfect vision. However, 10 percent of preschool-aged children and 25 percent of school-aged children have problems with their vision, and many of these issues go undetected by screenings. A comprehensive exam by an optometrist will be able to identify any issues and allow you to take corrective measures as needed. A child's vision is closely related to his or her ability to learn. Going for a regular comprehensive eye exam gives children a good start . Your family’'s vision is important to us.