The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that every child has their first eye exam before they reach 12 months of age. At Optic Gallery The District in the District neighborhood of Henderson, Nevada, Alaina Lavine, OD, Tiffany Nguyen, OD, and the team perform comprehensive eye exams for kids starting during infancy. Call or book an appointment online to schedule a children’s eye exam with a qualified optometrist.
A children’s eye exam is a complete screening that assesses your child’s vision and eye health. While your child’s pediatrician performs routine vision tests, they are not as thorough as an eye exam with an optometrist.
Eye exams help ensure your child’s eyes develop on par with those of their peers. These comprehensive screenings also help the Optic Gallery The District team detect early signs of disease or conditions that can impair your child’s vision.
Routine eye exams for children should start before they are one year old. These early screenings allow the team to address early health concerns as soon as possible. If your child’s eyes develop on par with those of their peers, the team may recommend visiting Optic Gallery The District once they reach age three. Most children should have another eye exam by first grade.
Your first visit to Optic Gallery The District is an opportunity for you and your child to connect with their optometrist. The team may ask questions about your child’s eye health and any complications that occurred during your pregnancy or childbirth.
Next, the team asks about your family history, particularly if you have relatives with ocular diseases, and any past eye surgeries or medications your child has taken.
Before the end of your visit, tell your child’s optometrist if they:
Blink or rub their eyes often
Struggle to maintain eye contact
Tilt their head
Cover one eye
Complain that objects are blurry
Finally, the team may perform a complete eye exam and vision screening depending on your child’s age.
Children’s eye exams are primarily preventive, but they can detect early signs of eye diseases and conditions, such as:
Convergence insufficiency (blurry vision when seeing objects up close)
Depending on the results of your child’s first exam, the team may recommend corrective lenses, like eyeglasses, or other optometry treatments to improve vision.
Call Optic Gallery The District or schedule an appointment online to learn more about children’s eye exams.