When Should You Take Your Child to the Eye Doctor for Prescription

Has your child been having difficulty seeing at school or complaining of frequent headaches?

If so, it would be a good idea to bring your child to the eye doctor. Quite frankly, these are common signs indicating that your child may have an eye issue. However, these aren’t the only signs or symptoms that may occur with eye problems.

Other signs that your child may have a vision problem are as follows:

  • •constant eye rubbing
  • •extreme light sensitivity
  • •poor focusing
  • •poor visual tracking (following an object)
  • •abnormal alignment or movement of the eyes (after 6 months of age)
  • •chronic redness of the eyes
  • •chronic tearing of the eyes
  • •a white pupil instead of black
  • •sitting too close to the TV
  • •holding tablets, or other hand-held devices too close
  • •squinting

Watch for any signs of poor vision or crossed eyes. If you notice your child having any issues it is important that you take your child to an eye doctor immediately so that the problem does not become permanent. If an issue is caught early on, measures can be taken to reverse or effectively treat any issues at hand.

Importance of Eye Exams:
Most importantly, eye exams are helpful to be able to detect vision problems early on so that they can be treated as soon as possible. During an eye exam, the eye doctor may perform different test to see if prescription glasses are needed. The tests are meant to measure vision and make sure that all parts of the eye are functioning properly.

When Children Should Visit With the Eye Doctor:
Prior to the ages 3-5, pediatricians are responsible for performing limited eye, which can help to detect any vision abnormalities. However, according to pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Traboulsi of the Cleveland Clinic, a comprehensive eye exam should be performed by an eye care professional if possible by the age of 1 and later repeated before kindergarten in children without recognized eye problems. If a child does poorly on an eye exam (or fails) he or she should be scheduled to follow-up with an eye doctor.

What You Can Do:
If you think that your child may be having vision problems, it would be beneficial to have them seen by an eye doctor as soon as possible. An eye exam can help to determine if your child may need prescription glasses. At LA Eye and Laser Monroe we would be more than happy to schedule an appointment for your child! To do so, we ask that you please contact us at your earliest convenience

Paula Noble

I'm Paula Noble. I'm one of the leading freelancers in parenting and relationship niche among other niches that aim to improve our everyday life and also a motivational speaker. I'm a mother who prides herself with my three beautiful children. I graduated from Argosy University Washington, DC with BA Journalism, media studies, and communication. I worked as an editor for more than 10 years then quit to focus on personal projects. I contributed a lot to the journalism industry and had traveled the world mentoring the girl child to let their voices be heard. Some of my remarkable mentorship tours include Let Africa Speak. A tour that was aimed at strengthening the position of women in Africa with the primary focus being in the media industry. I believe that information is power and the person who controls it controls the world around them. This principle guides her through life and inspires most of my writing and ventures in life.

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