If you're a parent of a young child, you may be wondering when to make that first appointment. Your pediatrician is generally the first to perform your childs initial eye exam, and parents...don't be alarmed if a referral to an eye doctor is needed. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), recommendations for children to have their first comprehensive eye examination starts at age 3, again around 5-6 years old, and then every two years (if no vision correction is required). These exams are essential in detecting nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or a combination of these three. Some conditions that occur in young children include: Amblyopia (lazy eye), Strabismus (crossed eyes), and also Convergence insufficiency, in which the eyes are unable to work together to focus. Parents, be aware of the signs your child may be experiencing regarding their vision. We'd love to have you schedule your childs first eye exam with us!
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