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When should my child have an eye exam?

In Topics: Physical Health
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Dr.Monika
May 5, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

An eye exam is a part of each well visit.  However, according to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should have their vision screened at age 3 years.  

To have their vision checked, children must know basic shapes, such as a star, moon, cup, etc., or know the alphabet.  If your child doesn't know shapes or letters, and you have concerns about his/her vision, your child's primary care provider might refer you to see a pediatric ophthalmologist.

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frogdogdog
frogdogdog , Parent writes:
For children without risks, the American Optometric Association recommends an exam at 6 months, at 3 years, and then every 2 years for 6-18 year olds.

For children at risk, it's recommended to follow the advice of your pediatrician. Risks include a mother's infection during pregnancy, difficult labor, premature birth, low birth weight, a family history of eye disease.

For more information on risks and exam frequency, please see the AOA web site:
http://www.aoa.org/x5502.xml
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