When it comes to keeping children healthy and ensuring proper childhood development, annual visits to paediatricians are important. But what most parents don’t realise is that regular eye exams are equally as important. Healthy vision is essential to a child’s ability to learn and achieve their academic potential, as well as to play sports and other activities.
When is the First Eye Exam Needed?
Surprised to know that a six-month old should have an eye exam? That’s right. Because early exams are not just about vision.
During infancy, a child’s vision is constantly changing. In the earliest months of their lives, babies can only focus on close-up objects, and they see only high contrast colors, such as black, white, and red. At six months of age, however, visual acuity sharpens. It is at this point that babies should have their vision examined by a paediatrician to ensure that their eyes are developing normally, perform as a team, and are working together. If not, one or both eyes may be affected and that could lead to a lifetime of poor vision. (more…)