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The Importance Of Vision Screening For Infants

Undetected vision problems can affect children in every aspect of their lives. Even as an infant, poor vision can affect a child’s behavior, learning and development, and much more.

According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at the age of six months. Unfortunately, 85 percent of America’s preschoolers don’t receive their first eye exam until age five. Studies also found that five to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Coincidence? We don’t think so.

Early Detection Is Key

Early detection, even when symptoms are not apparent, will improve your child’s quality of life. Even to the most observant parent, certain vision problems aren’t always obvious and can only be detected through a comprehensive eye exam. Vision problems can manifest themselves many ways.

Be On The Lookout For Signs

Although you should take your infant for an eye exam as early as six months regardless of whether or not they exhibit symptoms of poor eyesight, here are a few signs you should be on the lookout for as a parent:

  • Crossed eyes
  • Inability to focus well on objects
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Family history of serious eye problems
  • Excessively watery or red eyes

Whether symptoms are present or not, get your child on the right track for vigilant, lifelong eye health as early as possible.

Healthy Vision, Happy Baby

Early detection of vision problems is crucial because children are more responsive to treatment when they are young. If caught early, most eye conditions can be corrected. Make your child a happy baby. Give them the gift of clear vision and healthy eyes, schedule an appointment with Lentz Eye Care.