How Often Should My Child See the Eye Doctor?

Many parents assume they only need to take their child to the eye doctor if their child shows signs that they are struggling with their vision. While it is true that your child should definitely see an eye doctor if they’re struggling to see, many children don’t know if they have vision problems, because they don’t have enough perspective to know what is acceptable vision and what is not. Taking your child to the eye doctor on a regular basis can help catch vision problems early.

First and Second Eye Exam

Take your child to the eye doctor for the first time when they’re six months old. The eye doctor will examine your child, talk about their visual habits, check their ability to track objects with their eyes, and so on. The eye examination will be short, sweet, and hopefully, everything will come up normal during the examination.

The next eye exam should happen when your child is three. At this age, they’ll be better able to communicate with the doctor about what they can and can’t see, so this examination will be a little more in-depth, and may be more revealing.

Back to School Eye Exams

Once your child is ready to go to school, take them to see the eye doctor every year before school begins. Good vision is critical for success in school – students need good vision to see the board, read books and follow lessons. Don’t skip the annual back-to-school exams!

See the Eye Doctor Right Away If Something Seems Wrong

Finally, take your child to the eye doctor if they squint to see clearly, if they need to sit at the front of the room to follow lessons in school, or if they sit too close to the television in order to see. Call Brookleigh Family Eye Care to make your child’s first appointment.