Children are often not aware they have a visual problem. They think everyone sees the way they do!
Diagnosing children’s vision problems requires a comprehensive eye examination from a trained eye care professional. Pediatric optometrists and technicians make the exam process fun and use “games,” not “tests,” to put children at ease.
The American Optometric Association recommends comprehensive eye evaluations, in addition to pediatrician well-visits, at ages 6 months, 3 years, 5 years, and every year while the child is in school. Because of the importance of early detection for vision and ocular health conditions, many optometrists are providers for the InfantSEE™ program, which provides a complimentary comprehensive vision and ocular health evaluation for children under 12 months of age.
How is an eye exam performed on an infant?
Although a baby can’t speak at 6 months of age, the doctor can perform all tests of an adult vision and ocular health examination, but in different manners. Optometrists use handheld equipment and have methods to read vision without the need for input from the tiny patient. The doctor will dilate their pupils to look at the health of the inside of their eyes to ensure the visual system is developing properly.
Author: Dr. Tara Peterson
Mountain Vista Eyecare
7761 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton CO