For most parents, thinking about child eye care isn’t a top priority unless their child has put something in her eye or has an eye infection. Too often, parents wait for teachers to point out vision-related problems. Despite what many people think, infants and toddlers can be checked for vision problems through dilation. Don’t leave the important state of your child’s vision to someone else.
How can you determine if a child needs to be screened?
Infant to Six Months
- If your child has difficulty tracking objects by three months of age, ask your pediatrician.
- If there’s a history of retinoblastoma in the parents or sibling(s).
Six to Forty-Two Months
- If your infant has been diagnosed with strabismus (heterotropia, including cross-eye, lazy-eye and walleye)
- If your infant has chronic tearing or discharge.
- If your child fails a photoscreening test.
Forty-Two Months to Five Years
- If your child is reading and cannot read with at least 20/40 with either eye.
- If your child has previously failed a photoscreening, yearly exams are recommended.
Five Years and Older
- If your child cannot read at least 20/32 with either eye.
- If your child is not reading at grade level, it might be a vision problem rather than a developmental issue.
Don’t let your child’s eye development fall to the backburner. If she needs glasses, they will help with her eye development and her exploration of the world. At Palm Beach Eye Center, we strive to provide the best care for our patients. We value our pediatric patients and know the challenges they face when there are problems with their vision. Please let us help.
Even if your child has not had vision problems in the past, it is recommended that after the age of five, each child should receive an eye exam every one to two years. If you’re concerned about your child’s vision or would just like to schedule a regular appointment, please contact us at one of our convenient locations: Lake Worth: (561) 433-5200; Boynton Beach: (561) 734-5056; Delray Beach: (561) 433-5200.