Child Eye Exam

When Does Your Child Need to Visit the Eye Doctor?

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan
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As a parent, you have the responsibility of scheduling regular medical exams for your children. It can be hard to keep up with the recommendations for dental appointments, eye exams, and wellness checks. The best thing that you can do is work with a team of medical professionals that will help you stay on schedule.

Here are some guidelines to consider when planning your child’s eye exam:

First Eye Exam

The recommendation from the American Optometric Association (AOA) is that children should have their first eye exam around the age of 6 months. The next eye exam should be at the age of 3, and then the third visit should happen before the child begins kindergarten.

Regular Appointments for School-Aged Children

If a child is experiencing vision problems, then these issues could negatively impact their ability to learn in school. So, it is important that you have regular checkups with an eye doctor. Identifying vision problems in the early stages could help your child access specific treatments that are needed to avoid permanent vision loss in the future.

As-Needed Checkups

Even if you are following a regular exam schedule for your child, don’t hesitate to call if you suspect that the child is experiencing vision problems. Watch for signs and call us right away if something isn’t right. Often, prompt treatment can mitigate the long-term consequences of eye problems. Always call if the child is complaining about eye discomfort, they are suffering from an eye infection, or something else happens that indicates that the child is having problems with their eyes.

Sometimes, these symptoms might seem unrelated to their eye health. For example, if the child starts acting up in school, then many parents are only focused on behavior modification. But, there are times when the behavior issues could be related to vision tracking problems or an inability to see the board in the classroom. Solving the vision problems could correct the behavior issues.

Is it time for your child to visit an experienced eye doctor? Call the experts today! We will gladly help you learn more about caring for the vision health of your family. Schedule an appointment in our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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