Healthy eyes are every bit as important as any other part of a child’s body if they are to grow into their full potential. Optimal eyesight is essential for a child to achieve all that they can academically, socially and physically.
With children, eye exams are more than just about good vision. That’s why it’s important to think about getting your child’s first eye exam when they’re six months old. At that age, a child’s body is changing and developing rapidly, and at six months, shapes and colors begin to come into focus much more as visual acuity begins to become razor sharp. In this critical development stage, it is vital that an eye doctor determines a child’s eyes are developing normally, that they are working together as a team, and that they are not impacted by any early childhood eye diseases.
Comprehensive eye care exams for children before they enter school can help spot nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism which can all be remedied with prescription glasses. Undetected visions problems can lead to learning problems, and learning problems can have a big impact on the confidence of your child in school and in sports.
According to the American Optometric Association, as many as one out of every four children has an undetected vision problem. Combine that with the fact that the AOA estimates that as much as 80 percent of learning takes place through a child’s eyes, and you can see why good eye health and the best possible vision cannot be overstated for children just entering or already in school.
At this age, children are also susceptible to “lazy eye” which means that one eye is working harder than the other. A corrective eye patch can solve this problem in most cases, and it’s better to address it before a child enters school.
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