Eye exams for children are very important to insure your child’s eyes are healthy and have no vision problems that could interfere with school performance and potentially affect your child’s safety. Here at Dr. Tavel, we see children for their comprehensive eye exam starting as young as 6 months old.
Early eye exams are important because children need the following visual skills for optimal learning and development:
Early and often. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have their first complete vision evaluation between 6 and 12 months old, and again at ages 3 and 5.
When planning your “well baby” checkups, don’t forget about your baby’s eyes. Your pediatrician may look at your child’s eyes on the surface, however, this is not the comprehensive eye exam your child will receive with Dr. Tavel. We have access to special tools that allow us to evaluate the development of vision and eye health in people who cannot tell us how they are seeing.
Babies should be able to see as well as adults in terms of focusing ability, color vision, and depth perception by 6 months of age.
To assess whether your baby’s eyes are developing normally, Dr. Sutherlin will typically use a variation of the following tests:
Some parents are surprised to learn that preschool-age children do not need to know their letters in order to undergo certain eye tests, even when they are too young or too shy to verbalize.
Some common eye tests used specifically for young children include:
A battery of testing to fully assess their binocular status (how well the eyes work together as a team). Some examples are:
We have got you covered. We will do our best to work with you to give your child a comprehensive eye exam, using tools and methods that require less cooperation than the neuro-typical person. Please alert the technician or doctor of any situations or testing that might be fearful for your child and may be counterproductive for the exam.
You can make an appointment for a pediatric eye exam at either our Lafayette Road location or the Dr. Tavel at East 10th Street.
Pro tip: Try to arrive at your child’s appointment several minutes early to complete some paperwork and alert the staff when scheduling if you think your child might need extra time (such as a child with Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, etc.).