When was your last child’s exam? Children should have their first eye exam at six months of age, and most teenagers and adults should have an eye exam at least once every year. In between eye exams, it’s important to keep an eye out (no pun intended) for any vision issues and make an appointment to see us if you have any concerns or questions.
Here are a few issues to watch for:
1. Changes in your child’s vision. Is your child having trouble reading the blackboard at school? Then it’s a good time to make an appointment with us. People who have myopia, or nearsightedness, have clear vision at close range and poorer vision at a distance. The problem with this one is getting your child to tell you about it. That’s why regular exams are so critical in children.
2. Reading issues. Vision problems can make it difficult for children to learn to read, develop their reading skills and to do well in school. Astigmatism, which stems from an abnormal curvature of the cornea, can cause headache and eye strain and lead to difficulty reading. Regular eye exams are vital for detecting and treating eye issues, such as astigmatism, in children.
3. Rubbing eyes. We rub our eyes — when they are tired, when they get dust in them, etc. But if your child is rubbing his or her eyes frequently when they are not tired and when no irritants are present, then it could be a sign of a vision issue. Your child may be rubbing their eyes while reading or doing homework due to eye fatigue or strain. Another sign of a vision issue: When a child closes one eye to see better or if a child’s eyes tend to move inward or outward.
4. Headaches. Eye strain can cause headaches, typically at the end of the day or after hours of screen time. We can help you and your family learn ways to prevent eye strain.
Regular eye exams are an important part of overall health. And so is being vigilant about eye health. We’re here to help your entire family with visions specialists dedicated to your entire family. If you have questions, feel free to call us at (801) 476-0494.