Children's Eye Exams

Children's Eye Exams

Make sure your entire family has healthy eyes. Children's eye exams are important to insure your child's eyes are healthy and have no vision problems that could interfere with learning, school performance and potentially affect your child's safety.

Early eye exams also are important because children need the following visual skills that are essential for optimal learning:

  • Excellent vision at all distances
  • Accurate eye movement skills
  • Accurate and comfortable focusing skills
  • Assessment for corrective lenses

As a mother and having years of experience with kids as patients, Dr Manalo, takes special care of your little one's peepers.

When to have your child's eyes examined

Children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age.

The then should have their eyes examined exams at age 3 and just before they enter kindergarten — at about age 5 or 6.

School-aged children should have an eye exam at least every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually or as recommended by your eye doctor.

Scheduling your child's eye exam

When scheduling an eye exam for your child, choose a time when he or she usually is alert and happy.

Specifics of how eye exams are conducted depend on your child's age, but generally an exam will include a case history, vision testing, determination of whether a prescription is needed, testing of eye alignment, an eye health evaluation and, if needed, a corrective prescription.