September is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Eye exams for children are extremely important, because 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.

It is essential to check children’s vision when they are first born and again during infancy, preschool and school years. The AOA recommends the following:

  • Birth to 24 months: At 6 months of age
  • 2 to 5 years: At 3 years of age
  • 6 to 18 years: Before first grade and every two years thereafter

Chidren at risk for development may need to be followed more frequently.

Risk factors include: Prematurity, low birth weight, family history of eye conditions, complicated pregnancy, high refractive error, strabismus, anisometropia, developmental delay.

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