Children rely on their vision to learn about the world around them, and failing to recognize a child's struggles to see could slow down their ability to learn how to read and develop other essential skills. Your child's eyes are one of their most beautiful features, but it takes a professional to identify whether or not they need vision correction. At Eyes & Optics in Las Vegas, our family-friendly team is always ready to help your child feel as comfortable as possible while we check their vision.
How Often Should Children See an Eye Doctor?
Parents sometimes think that an eye doctor won't be able to perform an eye exam until their child can call out letters or name shapes. However, modern testing equipment makes it possible to check a child's vision before their first birthday. By the time your child turns one, it's a good time to bring them into the eye doctor's office for a visit. Then, they'll need to have another eye exam around the age of three. As your child grows, they'll be able to tell you if they struggle with reading words on the screen at school, and we'll help you set up a regular schedule for exams that keep your child's vision clear.
What Are the Benefits of Regular Children's Eye Exams?
Identifying vision problems at an early age provides you and your child's eye care provider with an opportunity to explore corrective measures that help them learn more about the world around them. Children with good vision tend to excel in sports, academics, and social experiences compared to those who can't see well.
Children can also develop serious problems with their eye health that could have long-term consequences if not addressed early. During a pediatric exam, doctors also check for infections, genetic conditions, and blocked tear ducts that could benefit from treatment. Caring for your child's eyes, just like you do their smile and the rest of their body, helps them maintain good vision while developing a strong relationship with their eye doctor that benefits them for life.
What Should You Expect During a Pediatric Exam?
Before your child's eye exam, their doctor may ask you to provide details about your child's family and medical history, which helps them look out for common conditions with a genetic link, such as myopia. They'll then check your child's visual acuity using special child-friendly techniques and equipment. Eye doctors also check children's peripheral vision and eye coordination. If any issues are detected, they'll discuss using glasses and other forms of treatment to correct your child's vision.
Schedule Your Child's Eye Exam Today
Is it time for your child's first eye exam, or do you have concerns about their vision? Reach out to Eyes & Optics in Las Vegas at (702) 254-0332 to schedule an eye exam today.