Eye exams are important for everyone, not just those of us who have a problem with our vision. The health of your eyes says a lot about the health of the rest of your body and tracking that health from a very early age can be very insightful and important. Here at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we want to help ensure that your children have healthy eyes starting with early eye exams, at least starting at the age of six months.
Because so much of an adult eye exam is based on patient feedback, many people wonder how it’s even possible for optometrists to determine an infant’s eyesight ability. The fact of the matter is that, for many things, your eye doctor doesn’t need the patient to speak — the eyes will do all the talking! For example, we will use lights to see if your baby’s pupils react to light properly, and if both of the pupils react the same or differently. We might also ask you to bring a toy or something your baby enjoys looking at and will then move the toy to see how your child’s eyes follow and track an object. We can then lightly cover an eye and test each eye individually to see if one eye struggles more than the other.
When it comes to eye problems at this young age, early intervention is key and most likely to be successful. If you have a small child and notice their eye movements are a little jerky, one eye moves independent of the other or if you have a history of eye issues, please come see us for an early eye exam.