Spot the Warning Signs
Although some conditions have no symptoms, watch for these early indicators of potential vision problems. Speak up if you see a child displaying these behaviors – more than 80 percent of a child’s ability to learn relies on visual processing.
What to expect at your child’s vision assessment
Your child’s age will determine which testing is appropriate, but most assessments include a case history, vision testing, testing of eye alignment and an eye health examination, followed by a consultation with you on the findings.
The American Optometric Association recommends that babies have their first eye exam at 6 months, followed by exams at age three and before starting first grade. Preschoolers are given a set of specialized tests made for kids who don’t know their letters or numbers yet.
After that the AOA calls for vision assessments every two years for school-age children, with yearly visits for kids who wear glasses or contacts.
Schedule your child’s testing for a happy, rested time of day. Before the day of your appointment, take time to observe so that you can report any concerns: Is she rubbing her eyes? Squinting? Having trouble with eye contact? Do his eyes track moving objects? You should also tell your optometrist about:
- Family history of eye and vision problems
- Prematurity or birth weight issues
- Current medications and allergies
- Previous vision diagnoses
- Previous eye treatments, illnesses or surgeries