What to Expect at Your Child’s First Eye Exam
Taking your child for an eye exam is important to help spot common eye problems and promote your child’s development. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, even if your child is not showing signs of vision problems, they still need their eyes checked at least once between the ages of three and five, although many have their first exam around age two.
Children can experience the same eye issues as adults, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, crossed eyes, and lazy eyes, and those with a family history of vision problems are at a higher risk. Taking your child to an eye appointment with a specialist at Florida Eye Center can help your child get corrective lenses they need to continue with positive and healthy development. Before you go, you can prepare your child by discussing what to expect during their first eye exam.
To begin the eye exam, the optometrist will talk to you about your child’s health and activities. If your child is old enough, the optometrist may speak to them directly to gauge potential issues. The optometrist will explain which procedure will come next, but typically you can expect:
Your optical specialist will discuss any potential concerns during these tests, and you and your child will both have the opportunity to ask questions during this time.
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If your child is squinting or moving a little too close to see something, he or she likely has trouble seeing. During the eye exam, the optometrist will let you know if your child has nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. These are common refractive errors that can be easily treated with eyeglasses.
If your child needs corrective lenses, the optometrist will create a prescription and an optical specialist will discuss all of your lens options, including transition lenses, blue-light reducing lenses, and tinted lenses. A specialist will also help you find frames to highlight your child’s personality and measure your child before ordering the frames to ensure the perfect fit. For older children or teens, the optometrist will discuss contact lens options and will help your child learn how to put them in and remove them safely.
Any time your child has an appointment with a new doctor, it can create anxiety. Talking your child through the appointment can help. Additionally, remind your child that you will be with them every step of the way, and encourage them to ask questions if they want to understand more during the appointment.
The optometrists will work hard to make your child more comfortable throughout the whole process. If your child is experiencing blurry vision or is over the age of two, contact the specialists at the Florida Eye Center and schedule an appointment today.
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