Children’s Eye Exams in Providence
Safeguard Your Child’s Eyesight With Regular Eye Exams
Accurately gauging the state of your child’s eye health is not always easy. It can be hard to spot vision issues because your child may not be able to effectively communicate that something is wrong, and might not even realize they are experiencing vision problems.
Your child relies on their eyesight to help them learn, so an unaddressed vision problem could hinder their development. To ensure your child gets the care they need, we offer fully comprehensive eye exams for children of all ages.
If you suspect your child might be experiencing problems with their vision, book an appointment for them today and ensure your child gets the help they need!
When Should I Book An Appointment?
The American Optometric Association recommends children undergo their first eye an eye exam between the ages of 6 and 12 months old, and then visit the optometrist again between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.
During the exam, your doctor will check for signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and assess your child’s ocular reflexes. They will also look for any problems that might affect your child’s eye health or vision. This includes testing for ocular diseases like glaucoma and cataracts.
Once children begin school, they should have their eyes examined at least once per year. An important thing to note is that a vision screening from your child’s pediatrician only looks for signs of trouble, while vision tests performed by your child’s optometrist are used to give an accurate diagnosis.
How Can I Tell if My Child Might Have Vision Problems?
It is important for parents and caregivers to look for signs of trouble since children aren’t always able to articulate when something is wrong, and may not even realize that they are experiencing vision problems.
Your child may be experiencing problems with their vision if they:
- Squint frequently
- Frequently tilt their head
- Often cover one eye
- Rub their eyes frequently
- Complain about light sensitivity
- Have trouble with their eye-hand coordination
- Avoid detail-oriented activities like drawing, reading, or coloring
If your child is frequently exhibiting any of these behaviors you should book an appointment with us, so we help ensure your child’s eyes stay happy and healthy!