Having your child visit a pediatric eye doctor for routine eye exams is vital to their vision and the health of their eyes. It also can impact their education, sports performance, and so much more. If you have questions about taking your child to a kids eye doctor, we have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
What Are Common Eye Conditions in Children?
One of the most common eye problems in children is nearsightedness, which occurs when light focuses in front of the retina. Objects in the distance may appear blurry, but your child may not have any issue seeing up close.
Amblyopia is a term to describe a condition that causes a "lazy eye." It happens because one of your child's eyes is stronger than the other because they didn't develop normal sight in one of their eyes.
Your child could have ptosis, a condition that occurs when one of his or her eyelids droop and cover the eye. A child might also develop a cataract, which is a clouding over the eye.
How Early Should I Bring My Children to the Optometrist?
Typically, you want to bring your child in to see a pediatric optometrist between the ages of six to nine months. During this exam, the optometrist is able to detect certain issues with your child's vision, such as if your child's eyes work together.
How Often Should My Child See a Kids Eye Doctor?
Your child should have a second screening between the ages of two and five. Once your child reaches kindergarten, he or she should get a vision screening each year, unless the optometrist tells you otherwise.
What Do I Do if My Children Needs Glasses?
If you notice your child squinting or having difficulty in school seeing, it's important you get his or her vision checked. If your child should happen to need glasses, make it as pleasant as possible. Let your child know the process isn't painful and the benefits of wearing glasses.
What Age Can My Child Get Contacts?
There isn't a specific age when your child should get contacts. It's a personal decision whether your child wants them. They do require much more care than glasses, so you have to consider your child's maturity level. For instance, do you constantly have to remind your child to do his or her chores? Or does he or she just do them? Evaluate how well your child takes care of his or her things as a reference point.
Contact Our Local Optometrist Today!
If your child has any signs of a vision problem or hasn't had an eye examination, contact Optique, serving Dallas, TX and the surrounding region, to schedule an appointment with a pediatric eye doctor by calling 214-252-1800.