Your Child’s Future Is Bright
Let’s keep your child’s future clear, too. Vision is a key factor in your child’s development and success. It’s essential for parents and caregivers to make sure their child’s eyes are seeing their clearest.
An annual comprehensive eye exam is the best way to protect your child’s vision.
Book your child’s next eye exam today.
Common Vision Issues in Children
Kids aren’t always able to communicate when something is wrong, so it’s up to their parents and caregivers to remain watchful for signs of vision problems in their children.
Want to know what to keep an eye out for? 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 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.
If you suspect your child may be experiencing vision problems, book an appointment with an optometrist as soon as possible.
What Happens During a Child’s Eye Exam?
Your child’s eye exam will include several tests, including 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 3-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.
- Slit Exam: This exam allows us to examine your child’s cornea, iris, lens, retina, and optic nerve and look for signs of eye disease.
How Often Should My Child Have an Eye Exam?
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 comprehensive eye exam today by contacting our Chevy Chase office or our Washington DC office or by booking an appointment online.
We also welcome walk-in patients.