What Age Should a Child Have Their First Eye Exam?

Why Should Children Get Eye Exams?

Every adult knows the importance of getting eye exams – they keep tabs on the eyes to make sure they are healthy, and to address issues as soon as possible. And the same is true of children. Because they are growing, children have special requirements when it comes to eye exams. For example, eye exams help to ensure:

  • That any vision issues that could affect their ability to learn are addressed quickly.
  • Problems that may affect your child’s safety are corrected.
  • That your child’s visual acuity is within the desired range.
  • Your child’s eye movement skills are accurate.

When Should Children Start Getting Eye Exams

Did you know that eye exams begin within 3 days of being born? This is an initial exam to look for obvious vision issues. Your baby will generally have a follow up exam within 6 to 8 weeks after being born to look for issues that were not found during the first exam.

In terms of scheduling an actual comprehensive eye appointment, it is recommended that you make appointments at the following intervals:

  • 6 months
  • 3 years old
  • Between 5 and 6 years old – just before they start Grade 1

If no vision issues are found, then school-age children should have checkups every two years. If your child needs corrective lenses or has other vision issues, then your optometrist will recommend the appropriate timeline for visits.

Scheduling Your Child’s Eye Exam

When scheduling an eye exam for your child, select a time when they tend to be happy and flexible. Let them know what happens during an an exam and about how long it will take so that they can be prepared and relaxed.

When you are looking for a professional who is clinically trained to address children’s vision needs and challenges, book an appointment today with Dr. Khatri. Never underestimate the importance of healthy eyes!