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When does a child need their first eye exam?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should have their first eye exam at six months of age, another at age three and again at the start of kindergarten. Risk-free children should then continue to have an eye exam every two years until age 18.

Did you know?

• Kids need regular eye exams to detect vision problems that may interfere with learning.
• Experts say that more than 80 percent of information presented in the classroom is visual.

Children with risk factors of vision problems may need their first eye exam before six months of age and more frequent eye exams throughout childhood.

Examples of risk factors include...

• Premature birth or low birth weight
• Infection of mother during pregnancy, such as; rubella, venereal disease, herpes, AIDS
• Developmental delays
• Turned or crossed eyes, known as strabismus
• Family history of eye disease
• High nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or anisometropia