A comprehensive eye exam versus a vision screening
At Eyes on Randolph, we see patients of all ages. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends getting your kids an eye exam from the age of 6 months. Many parents note that their child has their vision checked in school or with the pediatrician, so why do they also need to see the eye doctor? They’re seeing the board in school just fine.
The answer is that while your child may seem ok, they may not be. There are so many important factors that we check with a comprehensive eye exam in addition to nearsightedness. Learning is 80% visual so its vital to ensure your child is seeing properly. Here is the most important fact: 25% of kids who pass a vision screening have eye issues. Many children are misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD when in reality, they just have vision issues! No parent wants to risk their child struggling in school.
What will the Eye Doctor look for at my child’s eye exam?
As mentioned, even if the school nurse is saying your child’s vision is fine, there are many more factors to check regarding the health of the eye.
- Near and farsight – see if your child has an issue seeing at a distance or up close.
- Focusing skills – can the eyes focus on items near and far
- Binocular Vision/Fusion – do the eyes work together or do they drift apart? Is there eye coordination? If not, they may have Binocular Vision Dysfunction
- Lazy eye – making sure one eye isn’t dragging when the other is moving
Getting a yearly comprehensive eye exam for your child is an important step to ensuring that your child’s vision is functioning properly. We can detect any early signs of issues and treat them before they get worse. Give us a call at 844-719-3936 to book an eye exam for your child.