Children Need to Be Seen by a Pediatric Eye Doctor
Great eye care begins with regular eye exams, especially in the first year of life. Your infant needs an appointment with the family eye doctor at about the age of six months, and children need to be seen by their optometrist every year thereafter. Here are some things our eye doctor at Vision Learning Center, Dr. Amalia Davis, your family optometrist in Spring, TX, wants you to know about eye care for your children.
Even Babies Need Eye Care
Every baby needs to meet certain milestones in developing a lifetime of good vision. By the age of four months, your baby should be able to look into your face and to follow your finger. Between the ages of five months and eight months, your baby should be developing depth perception. Between the ages of nine and twelve months, your child should be developing eye-hand coordination by crawling around on the floor. Babies who don’t meet these vision milestones need extra help. Even babies can be farsighted, nearsighted, or have astigmatism. Our optometrist provides free of charge eye exams for infants aged 6-12 months as part of the public health program, InfantSEE. This program was created to help ensure that essential eye care becomes a part of the medical care provided to infants.
Growing Children Need an Eye Exam at Age 3 and at Age 6
Checking in with your family eye doctor when your child turns three can help catch developing vision problems while they are still easy to correct. Because good vision is so important to academic success, it is important to schedule time with your pediatric eye doctor before your child starts first grade.
Elementary School Is the Time to Stop Progressive Vision Problems
It’s not unusual for children in elementary school to develop serious eye issues that can interfere with enjoyment of recreational time and achievement in the classroom. Elementary school children often begin to show signs of nearsightedness, which can often be addressed with therapy to reverse nearsightedness, not just glasses or contacts to correct it. Elementary school is the time of life that strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (“lazy eye”) can appear. Both problems are treatable, but proper diagnosis and treatment from your optometrist is essential.
Teens Need to Be Seen by Their Pediatric Eye Doctor, Too
If you have been bringing your child in for regular vision checkups since birth, many challenges to vision will already have been dealt with. Getting your teenagers into the habit of regular eye exams will help them keep their vision healthy for many years.
Make an Appointment for Your Child’s Pediatric Eye Care Today!
It’s easy to request an eye exam from our family eye doctor at Vision Learning Center. We provide many eye services, including eye exams, pediatric eye care, and vision therapy. Call us today at (832) 592-9650 for an appointment.