Whether you are a first-time parent or have multiple children, your child’s eye care is an important facet of their overall health. But depending on their age, children may not be able to properly communicate to us that they are having problems with their eyes.
What to Watch For
There are signs even at a young age that children are having an issue with their vision. When your child is still a toddler it’s important to do simple activities with them. Roll a ball back and forth, read to them, and play with puzzles to help their eyes develop properly.
If you see your child struggling with activities that require depth perception or hand-eye-coordination, you may need to schedule a visit to the eye doctor.
Signs your child is struggling with their vision include sitting too close to the TV, rubbing their eyes, squinting, sensitivity to light, or difficulty with their coordination.
A vision screening performed by a primary care physician or a school nurse can help detect eye disorders at an early age. They can also help identify any early vision issues in children. These screenings do not replace a comprehensive eye exam, but instead help inform people who may need further testing.
By the time your child turns 3 years old, you should take them for their first eye exam. But if you sense any issues earlier than this, contact your family eye care provider.