When your children go in for appointments with their pediatrician, they will typically be put through a brief vision screening and eye examination. However, if you really want to ensure your child’s long-term ocular health, this cursory examination is not sufficient. An eye exam performed by an eye doctor is the best way to ensure your child is seeing well and has good eye health, and you should have these examinations performed as often as you take your child to his or her pediatrician.
Only optometrists and ophthalmologists have the tools and training necessary to perform a reliable child or adolescent eye exam in Oshkosh. These exams are crucial to determine your child’s eye health and to make sure there are not any vision problems that could affect your child’s performance in school and compromise their general safety.
Having eye exams performed on a regular basis is also a good idea because children need to develop a sense of depth perception, accurate eye movement skills, accurate and comfortable eye teaming skills and various eye focusing skills, all of which become significantly harder to develop if they have any vision problems.
When should I have my child’s eyes examined?
The first comprehensive eye exam your child goes through can be when they’re as little as six months old. After that, they should have their eyes examined again at age three, and then around age five or six. After that, they should have their eyes examined while in school at least every two years if there’s no vision correction required. Children who end up being prescribed glasses or contact lenses will need to be examined at least once a year, but their doctor will be able to give you more specific recommendations based on your child’s needs.
Always try to select a time for eye appointments when you know your child tends to be in a good mood and alert, especially if your child is quite young.
What’s included in your child’s eye examination will depend on the results of their screening tests and the child’s age, but typically exams include case history, vision tests, a determination of whether or not the child will need glasses, testing of the alignment of the child’s eyes, an overall evaluation of your child’s eye health and prescription of any needed eyewear.
The eye doctor may also ask you some questions about whether there were any complications with the pregnancy or delivery if it is your first time visiting them. They’ll also want to know about the child’s medical history, whether or not they’re taking any medications and if they have any known allergies. You should also tell the eye doctor if you’ve noticed your child frequently rubbing their eyes or blinking, failing to maintain eye contact, having delayed motor development or a general history of prematurity.
If you’re interested in learning more about what you can expect out of an appointment with an eye doctor, contact Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe to learn more about our child and adolescent eye exams in Oshkosh.