Over 80% of information that we process comes through our eyes. Undetected vision problems can affect children throughout their entire lives.
So, the question is…
When Should Your Baby Have their First Eye Exam?
Many eye conditions go undetected by parents because there are no signs or apparent problems. Babies require a full comprehensive eye exam in order to detect some possible serious eye issues. Seemingly healthy babies should still receive a comprehensive eye exam. It’s recommended that babies get receive their first eye exam at 6 months of age. Unfortunately, 85 percent of American children don’t have their first eye exam until age five.
What to Look For
Every child should have their first eye exam at 6 months of age, whether they have vision symptoms or not. Here are a few things to look for:
-Family history of eye problems
-Red eyes or excessively watery eyes
-Trouble focusing and grabbing objects
-Eyelids that look droopy
A routine comprehensive eye exam will give your baby a great start to their lifelong eye health.
What if My Baby Does Have an Eye Issue
Children are resilient, and so are their eyes. In many cases, if caught early, eye conditions can be treated and corrected. We want you to have a happy and healthy baby, one who also has good vision.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.