Children's Eye Exam

A Variety of Care

Our eye care center offers a full range of eye health services to clients of all ages, from children to adults. With a complete array of expert eye care services, Dr. Geoffrey Heddle, and our team, are dedicated to helping you enjoy healthy eyes and sharp vision. Whether you need a new pair of eyeglasses or treatment for visual problems, our optometric team provides cutting-edge eye and vision care.

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Childrens Eye Exams

Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision-related problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3, and again when they start school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined every year throughout their school careers.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth

  • developmental delays

  • turned or crossed eyes

  • family history of eye disease

  • history of eye injury

  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their optometrist’s instructions.

 

Based on age, how often should you get an eye exam?

The AOA recommends an annual eye exam for any patient who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent eye examinations for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

Since the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.

If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.