When should your child have an eye exam?

So, your child has had a yearly physical, dental exam but no eye exam?

Did you know that only 31% of children ages 6-16 have had a comprehensive eye exam within the past year?

Even less under the age of 6 at 14%. And studies show that 90% of kids that should be wearing glasses are not.

Why such a discrepancy?

Experts believe that reliance on vision screenings by pediatricians or other primary care physicians could be a cause. These screenings alone may result in late detection of amblyiopia and other vision disorders. This problem can translate to the classroom. Vision problems generally are not the direct cause of learning disorders; however, they can interfere with children’s abilities to perform to their potential.


The American Public Heath Association recommends eye exams at age 6 months, 2 years, 4 years and yearly after that. What goes on during a comprehensive eye exam by a trained specialist? Your optometrist will evaluate the functional status of the eyes and visual system, taking into account each child’s level of development. They will also assess ocular health and related systemic health conditions. Once a diagnosis is established a treatment plan will be created.