When to Have Kids Eye Exams

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kids’ Eye Exams: When to Have Them

Dr. Tineke Chan, M.D.
When to Have Kids’ Eye Exams
As both a parent of small kids and a pediatric ophthalmologist I am pretty sensitive to the need for parents to understand when to have their children’s eyes screened and checked for problems. In my daily schedule of patients for eye problems, parents ask me about when to have eye exams for kids all the time. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend that your child's eyes be screened for problems at birth, by 6 months of age, at 3 to 4 years of age, at 5 years of age, and every following year. Getting your kids eyes checked and screened regularly is critical for finding any issues that should be caught and treated early. In most instances it may not actually be necessary for your child to have an exam with an eye doctor, as your pediatrician can do the initial screenings at the routine well child visits. However, for preemies or if there is any family history of childhood eye problems it’s probably a good idea to bring them in to see us, and we might recommend more frequent or more detailed exams

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