Babies learn to see just as they learn to walk and talk. Focusing the eyes, moving the eyes accurately and using the visual information the eyes send to the brain are all learned skills. Eyes that are healthy and have good vision are critical in proper development of how infants and children learn to see. It is recommended that infants have there first eye exam between 6-12 months even for healthy babies. Signs of eye and vision problems for infants include:
InfantSEE is a public health program by the American Optometric Association that promotes eye and vision care by offering a no cost public service to infants 6 to 12 months of age. Both doctors at our office are proud participants in this program.
All kids should have an eye exam before entering preschool and again every 1-2 years based on the recommendation of their eye doctor. It has been estimated that about 80% of learning occurs by using the eyes making regular eye exams necessary to help with a child's success at school. Vision screenings that are preformed at school are not the same as eye exams performed by doctors and should not be used as a substitute for eye health exams. There is more to vision than having 20/20 vision. It is also necessary to have both eyes work together and track objects. You can learn more about this on our Vision Therapy page.