The moment your beloved infant opens their eyes, they begin the process of life and learning. Nearly everything they learn from this point on will come from what they see. Many eye conditions can be resolved if caught early enough, making pediatric eye exams vitally important.
Eye testing should begin early. An infant should be able to see as well as they will as an adult by the time they reach 6 months of age. Even though your baby cannot talk or read an eye chart, there are still various tests that can be used to determine that their eyes are developing normally. Some of these tests can begin as early as 3 months of age.
Pediatric eye exams are also quite easy for preschool children, even if they do not yet know the letters of the alphabet or are too shy to verbalize what they are seeing. Some of the eye conditions that your optometrist will be watching for at this young age are amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye misalignment), convergence insufficiency, depth perception, color vision and eye/eyelid health.
Although pediatric eye exams should be done regularly starting at infancy, it is especially critical that they be done prior to your child starting school. It is nearly impossible for your child to do well in school if they have trouble seeing the teacher, the display board or have trouble with reading. A child doesn’t know that what they are not seeing is not normal, so often they won’t tell you they are having a problem until they have fallen behind their classmates and may even develop behavioral issues.
We have a special love for the Newmarket, ON area children at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry and hope you will call us today to schedule pediatric eye exams for your children. Our staff is great with kids and will make them feel comfortable and relaxed.