When Should Your Child Start Seeing an Eye Doctor?

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As a parent, the health and wellbeing of your children is a top priority. But with all the recommendations for wellness checks, dental appointments, and eye examinations, it can be hard to keep up. The team at Main Street Optometry in Northport, NY, knows the challenges of being a parent. That’s why we’re here to help make your life just a little easier with eye appointments for your kids that fit your busy lifestyle.

When it comes to pediatric eye examinations and overall eye care, the best thing you can do is work side-by-side with a team of professionals to help you stick to a regular schedule. Our Main Street Optometry staff can help!

Here’s what you need to know about the importance of regular eye exams for children and when your kids should get their first exam.

The Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams

Good vision and healthy eyes are crucial to your child’s overall development. It is imperative that vision problems are detected as early as possible so they can be treated early on to prevent developmental delays.

Did you know 20 percent of preschoolers have some sort of vision issue, and 25 percent of them will require/wear correlative eyewear by the time they reach school age?

That’s where comprehensive pediatric eye exams come into play. An eye doctor can perform a comprehensive eye exam and detect a number of issues, including near and farsightedness, lazy eye, color blindness, double vision, poor depth perception, and more. In addition, eye exams can detect autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and many other underlying health problems.

When Should Children Have Their First Eye Exam?

The American Optometric Association recommends that a child’s eyes be examined for issues by six months of age. They should then have another eye exam when they start school and at least one exam every two years after that. (However, annual examinations are considered best.)

If you ever notice your child exhibits vision issues, an appointment with an eye doctor is necessary. In the event your child has any kind of risk factors, such as lazy or crossed eyes, development delays, or a family history of vision problems, then more frequent eye examinations may be necessary.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Don’t put off comprehensive eye exams until your children are having vision problems or struggling in school. Schedule a routine eye exam for your child now with a pediatric eye care doctor in Northport, NY. Call the friendly team at Main Street Optometry today at (631) 757-6190, and we’ll get your child scheduled.

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