Importance of Children's Eye Exam | Long Island Eye Doctor
I always like to ask my first time kid patients after showing them how much better their vision could be after glasses – “What took you so long to tell mom/dad you couldn’t see well?” Their usual response tells me that they had no idea it was possible to see better than what they were seeing. This shows the importance of Children’s Eye Exam.
It’s important to realize that most children will not complain about vision difficulties simply because they don’t know they have them. They think it’s normal to squint to watch the television, or get tired when playing on the iPad for too long, or even hold the book up very close to their face when reading.
When to take your Children for an Eye Exam
At the latest a child should have their eyes examined by age 3, and every year there after until they are 25. After that every year to year and a half would be sufficient unless the doctor suggests otherwise.
The following are some common signs you may observe which indicate vision problems:
- Droopy eyelids (ptosis)
- Difficulty reading or performing close up tasks
- Headaches while reading
- Complaints of “jumping words”
- Rubs eyes excessively
- Skipping lines while reading
- Double vision
- Crossed eyes
- Eyes sensitive to light
- Excessive tearing from eyes
- Cloudy eyes (sign of congenital cataracts or congenital glaucoma)
- White pupil (retinoblastoma, toxocariasis, Coats disease, congenital cataract)
Bring your children in for a complete comprehensive eye exam, regardless of whether they are complaining about their vision. During Children’s eye exam at Optix Family Eye Care, along with examining for a glasses prescription, we will test color vision, check depth perception, and evaluate the health of the eye structures.
Joel Kestenbaum, OD
431 S. Oyster Bay Rd
Plainview, NY 11803