Children's Eye Exams in Oviedo, FL

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Set Your Child Up for Success

Vision problems and eye issues can start early in life, and if left undiagnosed or uncorrected, can negatively impact your child’s development.

When first born, your baby’s eyes are underdeveloped. But over the first few months of life, their eyes will improve significantly. During this time, you play a vital role in your child’s eye development. It’s important to watch your baby closely for any signs of eye or vision problems so they can be caught and addressed as early as possible.

Even if you haven’t noticed signs that something might be wrong, the AOA recommends your child get their first eye exam between the ages of 6 to 12 months. During this exam, your optometrist will check your child for signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, check your child’s eye movement ability, and look for any signs of eye health problems. Regular exams are vital because it is easier to correct visual or optic problems if treatment is started early.

After this first exam, the AOA recommends that your child undergo at least one eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5 years, and have their eyes checked again at least once before they start school. Once your child begins school, they should have their eyes examined annually, though their optometrist may suggest more frequent exams.

Common Eye Problems in Children

As your child’s eyes develop, their brains will do their best to adapt to any vision problems they develop. This coping mechanism can lead to developmental delays. We know that you want to set your child up for success. To help you do that, here are some signs you can look for as your child grows.

Signs to look out for include:

  • Red or crusty eyelids, which could be a sign of an eye infection.
  • Constantly watery eyes, which could indicate a blocked tear duct, causing your child’s eyes to tear excessively to try and compensate.
  • Constant eye turning, which could mean there is a problem with eye muscle control.
  • Extreme sensitivity to light, which could be a sign of high pressure inside the eye (high intraocular pressure).
  • A white spot in your child’s pupil, which might indicate eye cancer.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, you should see an optometrist immediately.

There are many things that you, as a parent, can do to help your child’s eyes develop properly as they grow. Visit the AOA website to learn more.

At this time in your child’s life, they will be perfecting the visual skills they learned during infancy and developing new ones. This is also the time when problems such as crossed eyes or lazy eyes can develop, including vision issues related to color, shape, or number identification.

If you notice that your child:

  • Sits too close to the TV
  • Is squinting, tilting their head
  • Frequently covers or rubs their eyes
  • Has difficulty with activities involving hand-eye coordination
  • Avoids activities like coloring or assembling puzzles,

It may suggest that they are exhibiting vision problems. If you suspect something is wrong, it is important to book an appointment with your optometrist, so your child can receive timely and proper care.

As your child starts school, they are going to be relying on their vision a lot to help them learn. At this stage in your child’s life, vision problems become more complex, and if their visual skills are poorly developed, this could lead to issues with learning comprehension, which can cause undue stress and lead to loss of self-confidence.

If your child ever complains about:

  • Excessive fatigue
  • Discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Double vision

Or you notice that they often:

  • Cover one of their eyes
  • Squint
  • Hold reading materials too closely
  • Often lose place while reading
  • Have difficulty remembering what they read
  • Avoid reading altogether

There may be issues with your child’s vision.

Vision is complicated, so please keep in mind that your child may have 20/20 vision but still have eye or vision problems related to focusing, tracking, or coordination. Visit the AOA to learn more about what to watch for.

We offer comprehensive eye exams for children that will assess your child’s vision and look for any signs of potential eye or vision problems. You can trust your child’s eye health to our team of caring and experienced eye care professionals.

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