At Lake Havasu Family Eyecare, we want to make sure that everyone can see clearly — not only now, but through their entire lives. We start caring for some of our young patients before they even reach kindergarten, helping ensure that their eyes are healthy and their vision clear, not only then, but for years after as well.
It’s important to begin caring for your child’s eyes as young as 6-months-old, and here’s why:
Vision Can Affect Learning Development
You already know that eyesight is important; you use it in all aspects of your life — even to read this very sentence. Having clear vision is especially important during the early, developmental years in children. The importance of clear sight goes beyond just seeing 20/20, it also means being able to recognize, comprehend, and retain what’s seen.
Vision skills that can affect a child’s development and learning capabilities include:
- Eye tracking
- Eye focusing
- Eye teaming
- Hand-eye coordination
- Visual acuity
Not only can the treatment of eye problems help a child’s development, but early detection and treatment can have a huge impact on how their condition affects them later in life.
Children Don’t Always Speak Up When
They Can’t See Clearly
Some parents don’t take their child to the eye doctor because the child doesn’t express that their vision is blurry. Often, this is because if a child has only ever experienced poor vision, and has no point of reference, they will grow up thinking that blurry vision is normal. This means that even if your child has never complained about their vision, they may be suffering from poor eyesight.
Common signs that a child is experiencing a vision problem are:
- Frequent blinking
- A short attention span
- Frequent headaches
- Difficulty reading
- Seeing double
- Covering one eye
These are only a few of the symptoms that children with eyesight problems can express. Poor performance in school and sports as well as decreased social interactions with other children are also signs that a child is experiencing problems with their vision. To rule out vision issues as the cause of these problems requires scheduling a comprehensive eye exam for your child.
When to Have Your Child’s Eyes Checked
Children should have their first eye exam between 6 and 12 months of age. If nothing is found in the initial exam that demands special attention, they should have a routine follow-up exam at age 3. Once your child enters school, it’s highly recommended that a comprehensive eye exam is performed each year.
Our Commitment to Children’s Eye Health
At Lake Havasu Family Eyecare, we want to ensure that every child can see their classroom, sports, friends, and family with clear vision and healthy eyes. To this end, for the past 15 years, our optometrists have visited local elementary schools to perform free vision screenings. This gives us the opportunity to help our community bring access to eye care for children in need.
While still important, these screenings are different from comprehensive eye exams, which are more thorough exams that use advanced equipment to detect eye diseases and other problems. Even those children who pass school vision screenings may still be experiencing eye problems and should have a comprehensive eye exam every year.
With our experienced, trusted optometrists at Lake Havasu Family Eyecare, you can rest assured that we’ll do what’s best for your child’s eyes, whether that’s by performing a vision screening or comprehensive eye exam. When you’re ready to take steps to make sure that your child can see the world clearly, call us at (928) 264-8951.