When should kids have their eyes examined?
Experts with the American Optometric Association recommend that infants should have an initial eye exam by the time they are 6 months old. In addition, further eye exams are recommended at 3 years old, just before they start kindergarten or first grade, and again at age 5 or 6.
Further guidelines state that children in school should have an eye exam every 2 years after the initial one if no vision correction is required. Those who need eyeglasses should receive annual examinations, or more often if recommended by their eye doctor.
The importance of good vision in education cannot be understated. Some states require that all children have their eyes examined before they start school, so that they can enjoy all the benefits of their education. The following basic visual skills are vital for learning:
- Near vision
- Distance vision
- Eye teaming (binocularity) skills
- Eye movement skills
- Focusing skills
- Peripheral awareness
- Eye/hand coordination