Pediatric Optometrist – Portland, Maine

As a parent, you probably wonder when to schedule your child’s first eye exam with a pediatric optometrist. If your child has poor vision, they’re not likely to tell you because what they experience is normal to them.

We find working with children is very rewarding. There’s nothing better than helping a child see clearly and realize there’s a whole new world out there.  At Giles Eye care we suggest the following American Optometric Association milestones:

  • Infants should receive a comprehensive baseline eye exam between the ages of 6 and 12 months. This is a critical period. Change in your baby’s eye is rapid and profound. At this stage the eye is at its most vulnerable to interference with normal development
  • Preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5 are more likely to develop conditions that may have long-term effects such as crossed eyes and lazy eye.
  • School-aged children (6 to 18 years) prior to entering the first grade and annually thereafter. Your child needs optimum eyesight to read and play. And annual exams monitor progression of any eyesight issues.

This approach can help eliminate the possibility of profound vision loss. Plus, it gives your child a better chance to reach their potential: academically, socially and athletically.

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More Reasons to Visit an Optometrist for Your Child’s Eye Exam

Optometrists are trained and licensed to identify vision issues at key points of a child’s development:

  • At 6 months of age your baby is in the midst of critical vision development. An eye exam determines if they have control of eye movements and eye-body coordination skills. It also confirms proper depth perception and tells us how their color vision is coming along.
  • Did you know 5 to 10 percent of all pre-school age children have some form of vision impairment? Issues such as strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye) are likely to develop when children are between three and five years of age. Trouble perceiving colors and shapes or letters and numbers may also be a result of poor vision.
  • Did you know 25 percent of all school-age children have vision problems? Did you know that school vision screenings are not complete? They miss up to 75% of the children with vision problems. And 61% of the children found to have eye problems through screening, never visit an optometrist and get the help they need.

You can help your child’s social and academic development by eliminating potential vision problems with regular eye exams. Regular exams also reduce the potential for rapid progression of certain eye conditions.

Sources for this information came from 2004 Annals of Family Medicine and The American Optometric Association (AOA)

Arrange a Comprehensive Eye Exam for Your Child Today. Call 775-6533 or Contact Us.