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Posted on 09-12-2016
If your child has an undiagnosed vision problem, this will affect their ability to learn in school. Most elementary school information is presented visually. Our Silicon Beach optometrist recommends a back to school eye exam for children to make sure that all kids have the clear vision and corrective aids they need to learn.
Your child should have their first eye exam at the age of 6 months, to make sure the eyes have developed properly. Next, your child should come see us at age 3, before they begin preschool. Your child should have their eyes checked again before going into kindergarten, and then every one to two years thereafter.
As many as one in four children have undiagnosed eye conditions. The basic vision check your child may get from the school nurse is not sufficient to identify eye problems. To check for all eye conditions, including farsightedness and nearsightedness, you need to bring your child to an optometrist.
In a Playa Vista children's eye exam, our optometrist asks questions about your child's health history. We then check your child's vision using eye charts, and perform tests to determine how well your child's eyes work together. These tests allow us to diagnose eye conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eye, strabismus, and poor eye coordination and focusing issues. If we find an eye problem, we will fit your child with eyeglasses so they can succeed at school.
Before we conclude the exam, we will check for any eye health conditions that could affect your child. We'll screen for colorblindness, check for chronic eye diseases, and make sure your child is free of conjunctivitis. While this sounds like a lot, our optometrist keeps things moving along and knows how to work with young patients.
Would you like to make sure your child is school-ready with a children's eye exam? To see our Silicon Beach optometrist, also serving Playa Vista, email us or call us today.
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