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Eye Examinations for Children

As a parent, you may wonder whether your child has a vision problem or when
you should schedule their first eye exam.

Early detection of vision problems are important because children often are
more responsive to treatment diagnosed early.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should
have an eye examination just before they enter school.

Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually
or as recommended by their optometrist

Early eye examinations are crucial to make sure children have normal,
healthy vision so they can perform better at schoolwork or play.

Early eye exams also are important because children need the following
basic skills related to good eyesight for learning:

  • Near vision
  • Distance vision
  • Binocular (two eyes) coordination
  • Eye movement skills
  • Focusing skills
  • Peripheral awareness
  • Hand-Eye Coordination