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FREE Infant Eye Exams
Cooing, sitting up, grasping with hands and fingers and crawling are all signs of babies’ development. Vision develops in stages as well, but often the signs of progress are not as easily noticed.
Comprehensive eye exams performed by a trained doctor of optometry can identify those signs to ensure babies’ eyes and vision are developing properly. One in ten children is at risk for undiagnosed vision and eye problems, which can lead to problems in school and later in life. Yet, only 13% of children age 2 and under are receiving comprehensive eye care.
Complete eye exams are recommended starting at 6 to 12 months, followed by examination at ages 2 ½ to 3 years and again before starting kindergarten. Our office offers FREE comprehensive eye exams for infants 6 to 12 months of age through the American Optometric Association’s InfantSee program.
A comprehensive eye exam not only identifies vision conditions that require correction, but it is an important step in ensuring healthy eyes and healthy vision for life. Many eye conditions have no symptoms that can be identified by a parent or in regular well-baby exams.
Cataracts can form during the gestational period, from birth trauma, and, although rare, tumors (such as retinoblastoma) can be present as well. A dilated eye examination can identify these conditions and allows for earlier detection and treatment, which can help decrease the extent of treatment required and improve success rates of treatment. Development of an eye turn is also most common in this age group, and early treatment prevents loss of vision in the misaligned eye and proper binocular vision development.