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Children's Eye Exams

Increased visual demands at school can point out a vision problem that was not apparent before school.

Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy and an important part of that is ensuring their eyes function properly.

To ensure that any visual development or ocular health problems are detected as early as possible, every child should receive a comprehensive eye exam as early as six months to age three and again prior to beginning school. Annual regular visits should continue throughout their school years to monitor and assess any changes in their vision.

Increased visual demands at school can point out a vision problem that was not apparent before school.


Some indicators that may suggest your child is experiencing some problems with their vision include:

  • Red, itchy or watering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • An eye that turns in or out
  • Squinting, rubbing the eyes, or excessive blinking
  • A lack of concentration
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Holding objects close to the face
  • Avoiding books and television
  • Visible frustration or grimacing
  • Tilting the head or unusual posture

Many children accept poor vision as normal simply because they do not know any differently. If left untreated, serious long-term effects can result.

Vision screenings offered by family doctors and the school districts are a great tool in detecting certain eye conditions; however, a comprehensive examination of visual function and ocular health by an optometrist will provide a much more accurate assessment of your child’s vision.