Pediatric Eye Care
Eye exams and vision care for your children
The American Optometric Association recommends a child’s first eye exam at 6 months of age. Unless otherwise recommended, their next exam should be scheduled at 3 years of age and again before first grade. A vision screening at school or the pediatrician’s office is not the same as a comprehensive eye exam. Even if your child passes a vision screening, a comprehensive eye exam is important to test the complete visual system.
Dr. Bodker and the staff of Blink Eyecare is trained and equipped to handle patients of any age. A pediatric eye exam may look significantly different from an adult eye exam. Dr. Bodker will assess eye health, alignment and if a prescription is necessary without asking, “Which is clearer, 1 or 2?”
Many children do not complain about their vision. It is important to bring asymptomatic children in for eye exams (at 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade), but also watch for signs of vision problems at home and school that may indicate an exam is needed sooner.
Signs that may indicate your child is having vision problems:.
- Sitting too close to the TV
- Holding a book or tablet too close
- Rubbing eyes or excessive blinking
- Head tilt
- Eye turn
- Light sensitive
- Short attention span during near tasks
- Poor hand eye coordination
- Avoiding near tasks (reading, coloring, hand held video games)