3 Things All Parents Need to Know About Their Child's Vision


3 Things All Parents Need to Know About Their Child's Vision

As a parent, you most likely want the absolute best for your child. From a good education and a happy home to health and wellness, it is easy to see how parenting a child can become overwhelming at times. While you may focus on your child's physical and emotional health, the health of their eyes and their vision should also be a priority. 

Unfortunately, a child's vision and eye health are often placed at the bottom of a parent's list of priorities, which can affect your child's daily life. With this guide and the help of your eye doctor, you will learn a few essential things about your child's vision and eye health.

1. Your Child Should Have Routine Eye Exams Early

Eye exams should become a priority at a very early age. In fact, most parents are surprised by the age recommended to start regular vision and eye exams. According to the American Optometric Association, children should first visit an eye doctor around 6 months of age. Children who are considered at risk of eye issues should see an eye doctor even sooner.

If your child has experienced the following, they have a higher risk of vision and eye issues:

  • Born prematurely
  • Low birth weight
  • Disorder of central nervous system
  • Family history of serious eye issues or genetic disorders

Dealing with one or more of the above situations does not necessarily mean your child will have eye disorders or a vision impairment, but eye doctors do recommend eye and vision exams for early diagnosis.

2. Early Intervention Is Key

The sooner your child starts to see an eye doctor, the better, since early intervention is key to eye and vision health.

Many children have a fear of doctors and the equipment used during routine tests and exams. Starting these visits to the eye doctor early allows your children to develop a relationship with their doctor, reducing any fear or anxiety they may have as they grow up.

Starting the exams at a young age teaches your child the importance of maintaining their eyes for proper health and vision.

In addition, eye doctors recommend exams and vision checks to diagnose issues early, which makes treatment more successful.

If your child has a vision impairment, the eye doctor will recommend prescription eyeglasses. Wearing these prescription glasses can correct your child's vision at an early age, reducing their need for vision correction as they age.

Considering an estimated 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers have some form of vision correction, your child should undergo an eye exam as early as possible to diagnose and treat any potential problems.

3. Your Child May Show Signs of Eye Issues

Eye exams are the most effective way to diagnose issues affecting your child's eye health and vision. However, your child may be showing signs of eye problems and vision difficulties. Here are a few common signs:

  • Rubbing their eyes constantly
  • Blinking frequently
  • Covering the eye
  • Tilting their head to one side
  • Eye turning in or crossing
  • Avoiding reading or watching TV
  • Sitting too close to TV or computer screen
  • Holding books and mobile devices too close to face

In addition to the above signs, children may also complain about blurred or double vision as well as frequent headaches if they have a problem with their vision. If your child is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, schedule an eye exam.

Without early intervention, your child may suffer from eye disorders or vision impairments. To schedule an eye exam or consultation that will help improve your child's eye and vision health, contact The Spectacle - Dr. Kevin Lenahan today.

Katy Lenahan