Give Your Child the Gift of Clear Vision
Good vision plays a critical role in your child’s development, so it is essential for parents and caregivers to make sure that their child’s eyes are healthy and working properly.
Annual comprehensive eye exams are vital for safeguarding your child’s vision.
Is your child due for an eye exam? Book their next appointment today.
Signs of Vision Problems in Children
Small children are not always able to effectively communicate that something is wrong, so parents and caregivers need to be vigilant for signs of vision problems in their children.
If your child is experiencing vision problems, it is critical that these issues be identified and corrected as soon as possible to avoid long term problems, including permanent vision loss.
Untreated vision problems may impact your child’s development and hinder their ability to learn effectively.
Your child may be experiencing vision problems if they:
- Rub their eyes frequently
- Squint a lot
- Avoid close up activities (such as reading)
- Hold reading material close to their face
- Often lose their place while reading, or need to use their finger to keep track of their place
- Complain of frequent headaches or double vision
- Frequently tilt their head while looking at things
- Close or cover one eye while looking at things
- Have a misaligned eye
If you suspect that your child may be experiencing vision problems, you should book an appointment with their optometrist as soon as possible.
During Your Child’s Exam
Your child’s eye exam will include several tests. These include tests for:
- Color Blindness: During your child’s first exam with us, we will test them for conditions that cause color blindness.
- Visual Acuity: This test allows your child’s optometrist to check the sharpness of their near and distance vision.
- Ocular Mobility: This test tracks how well your child’s eyes move.
- Visual Field: This test is used to determine how good your child’s peripheral vision is and how wide their visual field is.
- Auto-Refraction: This test is used to give us a starting point for your child’s refraction test, narrowing down their prescription before we fine tune it.
- Refraction: This test is used to fine-tune your child’s prescription and uses a phoropter.
- Depth Perception: During the exam, we will also test how well your child can perceive three-dimensional objects.
- Eye Pressure: High eye pressure could indicate that your child is suffering from glaucoma, so as part of each exam, we test the internal pressure of the eye.
We will also perform a slit lamp exam. This exam allows us to examine your child’s cornea, iris, lens, retina, and optic nerve and look for signs of eye disease.
Children’s Eye Exam Schedule
The American Optometric Association recommends that children undergo their first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 12 months old, then visit their optometrist a second time between the ages of 3 and 5. Children should undergo annual eye exams once they begin school.
Depending on your child’s unique vision needs, your optometrist may suggest their eyes be examined more frequently.
Eye Rx offers comprehensive eye exams for children aged 7 and up. Book your child’s next eye exam today by contacting our Chevy Chase office at (301) 841-6776 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 659-2010 or filling out our contact form.
We also welcome walk-in patients.