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Ask Dr. Klute | When should my child get their first eye exam?

When should my child get their first eye exam?

Great question!

We recommend that children receive their first eye exam between the ages of 6-12 months, then again around age 3 and then around age 5 and yearly thereafter.

Why so early and often?

Because it is all about normal and healthy development. The development between the eye and brain is still rapidly occurring between the ages of 0-6 years old. If anything is blocking that development, vision loss can occur that, if severe enough, can be permanent.

Some examples include:

  • when one or both eyes are blurry
  • the eyes are not aligned or not working together well
  • there are abnormalities on the outside or inside of the eye that are impeding vision.

These are often missed on vision screenings but will be found on a comprehensive eye exam by an eye doctor. In fact, one recent study found that 75% of children with a vision problem were not found on screenings.

Be confident that your child will develop normally and see well for school! Schedule an appointment online at www.GoodLifeEyecare.com or call our office at 402-697-5122.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.