At about 6 months of age, we encourage you to have your baby’s first thorough eye examination.
We will test for excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and eye movement ability as well as eye health problems.
These problems are not common, but are important to identify and treat early to avoid amblyopia (lazy eye).
The American Optometric Association believes that an eye/vision assessment conducted as part of a preschool or school physical or a vision screening in the public or private schools cannot substitute for regular professional care.
It is estimated that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems.
All children should receive a comprehensive eye and vision examination assessing and treating any deficiencies in ocular health, visual acuity, refractive status, oculomotility and binocular vision prior to entering school and every year after.
InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. Our doctors participate in this program and can be requested to provide the free infant assessment.