A pediatric eye exam is an essential part of protecting your child’s overall health and wellness. Eye exams are recommended for children at various stages of development and help ensure they see clearly and do not have any severe eye conditions. The optometry staff at Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian understand how vital your child’s vision care is and can help you schedule an appointment to talk with our eye doctor.
What to Expect During a Pediatric Eye Exam
Your child’s vision can be screened by an optometrist, family physician, ophthalmologist, or other healthcare provider trained in pediatric eye care. Our eye doctor will check your child’s vision and screen for any eye conditions during the exam.
Recommended Child Vision Exam Schedule
A vision exam for your child helps check for eye problems, and if needed, the child is referred to an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam and further treatment. Here is a recommended vision exam schedule by age for your child:
- Newborn: Children between six months and one year old should have their eyes checked once by a healthcare professional.
- 13 to 36 months: At this age, children should be checked for any vision problems by their pediatrician or other healthcare providers.
- Three to five years: At this age, vision and eye alignment need to be checked by a family doctor or optometrist.
- Six years and older: Should see an eye doctor annually for routine comprehensive vision exams.
School Vision Screenings
Vision screenings are offered at local schools and community health centers. Additionally, some community health and wellness events provide vision screenings for children. Though these screenings help determine if the child is seeing clearly or not, they are not comprehensive. Even if your child has had a vision screening at school, they will still need to see a doctor of optometry for a routine vision exam.
What is the Difference Between a Vision Screening and Comprehensive Eye Exam?
Vision screenings are conducted in schools and check for a child’s visual acuity. If a child fails a vision screening, they are referred to an optometrist or ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam. A comprehensive eye exam checks for your child’s visual acuity and checks for any eye disease or severe eye conditions. Our optometrist will determine what is causing your child’s vision difficulties and recommend the corresponding treatment.
Contact Our Eye Doctor for Pediatric Eye Care in Meridian
For more information or to schedule a pediatric eye exam, contact Primary Eyecare of Meridian today by calling (601) 485-2020.