According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam with an Optometrist at 6 months of age. I generally recommend an exam from birth to 2 years old if there is suspicion of a problem or a family history of a problem.
How do I know if my toddler has eye problems?
If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, let your child’s doctor know: Eyes that are misaligned (look crossed, turn out, or don’t focus together) White or grayish white color in the pupil. Eyes that flutter quickly from side to side or up and down.
How can I test my child’s eyes at home?
Testing Your Child’s Eyes at Home
- Print or purchase a vision chart. …
- Tape the chart on a wall. …
- Place your child’s chair ten feet away from the chart.
- Ask your child to cover one of his or her eyes. …
- Light the vision chart. …
- Have your child read each line of the chart. …
- Repeat the process with your child’s other eye covered.
What can I expect at a pediatric eye exam?
The doctor looks at the front part of the eyes, including the eyelids, cornea (clear covering over the front of the eye) and lens. Next, drops are placed in your child’s eyes to widen (dilate) the pupil. This lets the doctor see the retina and optic nerve, which are at the back of the eye.
Does my 3 year old really need glasses?
The main reasons a child may need glasses are: To provide better vision, so that a child may function better in his/her environment. To help straighten the eyes when they are crossed or misaligned (strabismus) To help strengthen the vision of a weak eye (amblyopia or “lazy eye”).
Why does my 2 year old blink hard?
Excessive blinking can be caused by problems with the eyelids or anterior segment (front surface of the eye), habitual tics, refractive error (need for glasses), intermittent exotropia or turning out of the eye, and stress. It is very rare for excessive blinking to be a sign of an undiagnosed neurologic disorder.
How do I get my 2 year old to wear glasses?
The best way to get these young children to wear their glasses is to simply put their glasses on and distract them: put on their glasses, hand them a toy. Or put on their glasses and start making faces at them. Most children in this age category will quickly associate clear vison with their glasses.