Did you know that 20% of children ages 9-15 need glasses, yet 90% of them do not know it?
Our doctors offer comprehensive pediatric eye exams for children of all ages (infants – 18). Pediatric eye exams are important because detecting eye problems early in life is critical! If eye problems are detected too late, correcting the problem is sometimes impossible. For example, if lazy eye is not detected and treated before age 7, it can lead to permanent vision loss. Many children will NOT complain of blurry vision if they have a lazy eye – only an eye doctor can properly detect and asses the problem.
If your child has any of the following signs/symptoms, he or she may have an eye problem and should be seen by one of our doctors for further evaluation:
- Complaints of blurred vision, double vision, or eye strain
- Complaints of headaches (especially while reading)
- Frequent squinting
- Sitting really close to watch television or holding objects really close to eyes to read
- Rubbing eyes
- Excessively tearing/watery eyes
- Frequently loses place while reading or complains that words move around on the page
The American Optometric Association recommends that children have eye exams at 6 months, 3 years, before 1st grade, and every 1-2 years thereafter.