A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Vision Development Through Childhood

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Did you know that your child’s development can be hindered if they are experiencing vision problems? As a parent, you want your child to succeed in every area of their life. For this reason, it’s critical that you maintain regular eye examinations to ensure they have healthy vision. Talk to your eye doctor about regular vision development milestones that should be met over the years.

Vision Development Milestones to Watch for at Every Age

One benefit of visiting the eye doctor for regular exams is the education you can receive about the vision development milestones that should be met in all stages of childhood. Some of these milestones include:

Infants

  • Eye tracking should be smooth
  • The child should be able to focus on objects
  • Proper eye alignment (watch for signs of eye crossing)
  • Look for unusual eye movements, such as rapid or involuntary movements
  • Light sensitivity

Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • The child has hand-eye coordination to pick up small objects
  • They can successfully navigate around furniture and obstacles while walking
  • They enjoy activities that require close-up vision, such as puzzles, games, or coloring
  • Pay attention if the child is complaining about double vision or blurry vision

School-Age Children

  • The child can see the board clearly while sitting at their desk
  • They can read well without losing their place on the page
  • They are able to focus on distant objects and copy things written on the board
  • Pay attention if the child is holding books very close or sitting too close to the TV
  • Complaints about headaches could be an indication of vision problems

If you have concerns about any of these things, then the next step is to schedule a checkup with an eye doctor. A comprehensive examination can correct any vision issues that could be hindering the child’s development.

Regular Eye Exams Throughout Childhood

Even though schools often have yearly eye chart checkups, this brief test isn’t sufficient to evaluate your child’s visual health. As a parent, one of the best things you can do is maintain regular eye examinations to ensure that your child is developing optimally over the years. By safeguarding your child’s eyes, you are protecting their overall development.

If you have any questions about childhood vision development, then our professional team is always here to assist. Contact Temecula Creek Optometry to book a consultation and learn more about how you can help your child maintain good vision for life: (951) 302 -1331.

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