The American Optometric Association recommends the following exams for child eye care.
Birth to 24 Months – Babies should be checked at 6 months of age if they are asymptomatic and risk free. Those at risk for development of eye and vision problems, like premature or low birth weight babies or those with a family history of serious childhood vision disorders, should be checked before 6 months of age.
2 to 5 Years – A child should have their first vision and eye alignment exam at the age of 3.
6 to 18 Years – Kids who are asymptomatic or risk free should have an eye exam before first grade and every two years thereafter. At risk kids should have annual eye exams or as recommended by their eye doctor.
For more information, see the American Optometric Association.
Free Infant Eye Exams
InfantSEE is a public health program that is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, optometrists volunteer to perform a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants between the ages of 6 months to 1 year, regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Vision Center, P.C. is proud to participate in this program and we encourage anyone with an infant in this age range to consider this free service to ensure that your child’s eyes and visual system are developing properly.