Here are the answers those frequently asked questions that every parent should know!
When should you start scheduling your child’s eye exams?
- Infants should have their first eye exams at 6 months, as per the American Optometric Association recommendation
- Children with no known vision issues should have another exam at 3 years and then prior to entering kindergarten
- Children who use vision correction should have an annual eye exam
- Schedule an eye exam immediately if your child is experiencing difficulty in school that may be due to a vision problem
What's the difference between a school vision screening and a comprehensive eye exam?
- The ability to focus
- If your child’s eyes can track words on a page
- The eyes’ ability to work in tandem.
- Eye health
Studies show that up to 43% of children with vision problems can pass a vision screening test.
Comprehensive eye exams are critical to understanding how healthy your child’s eyes are and how well they are functioning. A comprehensive eye exam will assess all of these functions as well as:
- Color vision
- Depth perception
- Eye coordination.
When can your child start wearing contact lenses?
- Washing and drying your hands completely before touching your contact lenses.
- Removing your contact lenses when swimming, bathing, or showering.
- Taking your contact lenses out before sleeping.
- Following your brand’s replacement schedule, whether that be monthly or daily.
Most optometrists agree that 10-12 years old is the appropriate age to consider switching your child to contact lenses.
If your child is not responsible enough to take care of their contact lenses, then they could end up with a serious eye infection. Consider your child’s maturity and cleanliness before consulting with your eye doctor.
My child was diagnosed with strabismus and amblyopia. Can this be treated?
Keep in mind these two points:
- Depending on the severity of the strabismus, surgery may be required to straighten and properly align the crossed eyes.
- Amblyopia can then be treated using eyeglasses or eye patching. Vision therapy can help strengthen the weak eye and train both eyes to work together.
Schedule an appointment with an optometrist to assess the condition and discuss the treatment options best for your child.
What is vision therapy?
- Double Vision
- Eye Alignment
- Focusing and Coordination Issues
Vision therapy often takes about 6 months to see lasting improvement. Most vision therapy treatment programs are prescribed and monitored by an optometrist.
What if I have more questions?
Make sure your child's eyes are functioning properly during their early formative years! Schedule your appointment today by calling (952) 944-2792 by filling out our online form. We can’t wait to help your child see better.