Babies Need Eye Exams Too!

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You may think that your little child is too young to need to visit an optometrist, but did you know that infants should receive vision exams as part of their regular check-ups? Your pediatrician will most likely perform regular vision screenings and refer you to an optometrist if they notice any issues or concerns regarding your child's vision.  Some people think that since their child cannot communicate well yet, that a vision exam won't do any good but what many parents may not know, is that there is much more to a vision exam than choosing a pair of eyeglasses.

What does an optometrist actually do?

Not only does an optometrist diagnose and treat conditions like nearsightedness and farsightedness, but they also can check for genetic medical conditions of the eye. Since your child may not be able to tell you that they are experiencing vision problems, there are several warning signs you should look out for:

  • Squinting
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Frequent Red or watery eyes
  • Eye rubbing
  • Inability to focus or track objects

These signs may point to vision problems or other eye conditions that require medical treatment, and it is best to take your child to see an optometrist if you notice any of these warning signs. Many conditions can be managed and treated quite well with early diagnosis and intervention.

How can you prepare your child for their exam?

Whether you are going in for a routine eye exam, or you have noticed some of the warning signs that may point to eye and vision problems, getting an eye exam can be scary for a child. There are many strange tools and procedures that may be frightening.

  • One way to make the visit less scary is to choose an optometrist who specializes in pediatrics. These doctors will have special training and experience in dealing with and treating children.  
  • There are videos available on the internet that can show children what to expect during an eye exam. Watching some of these videos can help alleviate any anxiety your child may have about the visit.
  • Arrive a few minutes early. This will give you time to explore and scope out the office with your child. Feeling rushed or not having time to look over the tools and machines can make your child feel unnecessarily anxious and frustrated.

One of the best things you can do to make your child's eye exam a success is to make sure you have a good attitude about it. If you approach the exam with anxiety, your child is bound to pick up on that and get upset themselves. Treat the exam like a fun, exciting adventure, and your child will too.  

For more information, contact a company like Complete Family Vision Care.

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