By: Meg Irish
Eye Care during Childhood and Adolescence
For children, the recommended age for visits to an eye doctor include at birth, between six and twelve months, at three years of age, before the child is ready to enter school, and then again in their early teens.
Parents should place just as much importance on pediatric eye care as they do on routine vaccinations and pediatric development visits. Generally, infants need to have their first office eye exam at six months of age. During an exam, the eye doctor will check for a family history of eye disease, observe the child’s eye movements, and examine the child’s eyes to look for any discharge or signs of infection.
“Eye conditions can be corrected if caught early,” said DeRosa. “A few signs that your child should get an eye exam immediately include the child’s eyes do not move together, they have difficulty focusing on objects close up, or are exhibiting poor visual tracking,” said Dr. DeRosa. Read more