The Importance of Children’s Eye Exams

Approximately 25 percent of all school-age children have some type of eye problem.

 

School vision screenings detect problems in only 20 to 30 percent of children and do not expose problems of eye-muscle coordination; eye disease, peripheral vision, or shortcomings in near/distance vision.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6.

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