Once an infant reaches the age of 6 months, it is recommended that they have their first eye exam. At an infant eye exam, the optometrist will check the development of the eye, for refractive error, and for any differences between the eyes. To check the development of the eyes, a tool called an ophthalmoscope is used, and to check for refractive errors, a technique called retinoscopy is used.
These same tools and techniques can be used during children’s eye exams, as well. In addition to this, there are special charts made for use in children’s eye exams. These charts are made up of shapes, animals, and objects and are targeted at children 3 years of age and older.
It is important for young people to have routine children’s eye exams because, more often than not, children don’t realize that they have a vision problem, and uncorrected vision problems can lead to further eye problems down the road. Also, the majority of learning for children is visual learning. With an uncorrected vision problem, a child could encounter learning difficulties.
At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, a children’s eye exam should take only 30 minutes and annual exams are covered up to age 19. Contact us today to schedule your child’s next appointment.