Vision, like much of a child’s development, doesn’t just happen. The American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6-12 months. A child’s brain learns how to use eyes to see.
Children with eye health problems or vision conditions can face obstacles academically, socially, and athletically throughout life. While school vision screenings are beneficial, they do not replace a thorough evaluation that optometrists provide. That is why a comprehensive eye examination is so important for children. Give your child the best possible tools to learn successfully and schedule a comprehensive eye exam with one of our optometrists.
Babies learn to see over a period of time, and they are not born with all of the visual abilities they need in life. At birth, babies cannot see as well as adults. During the 1st months of life, the eyes start working together and they focus more easily together.
At 5 to 8 months eye-body coordination skills and depth perception improve. By 9 to 12 months of age, babies start crawling and walking with better eye-hand coordination. By 2 years of age, children should be interested in exploring their environment. From ages 2 to 5, a child will be fine-tuning their visual abilities and developing new ones.
The school years are a very important time in every child’s life. Good vision is key to successful learning. Too often, vision, one of the most important learning tools is overlooked. When certain visual skills are poorly developed, learning is difficult and stressful. Vision can change frequently during the school years so regular eye and vision care are important.