It is never too early to start caring for your children’s vision. Eye exams for teens and kids are important because vision problems can often progress imperceptibly slowly. Wicker Park Eye Center can help prevent vision problems and help your child experience good eyesight into adulthood and their golden years.
Dr. Daniel J. Tepper and the team at our Chicago, IL vision practice as would like to discuss why routine eye exams for children is so beneficial to their long-term health.
We recommend starting eye exams very early. You should consider bringing your child in for their first eye exam when they are as young and six-to-twelve months old. This is especially important for families with a history of vision loss and congenital eye conditions.
While young children may not be able to read an eye chart, there are other ways to determine their visual acuity.
An eye doctor will check for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, and lazy eye. They will check each lens as they focus on near and far objects, examine the internal structures of each eye. They will also check for object tracking capability.
With these tests, our Chicago eye care team can determine whether any ocular issues are present.
So how can you determine if your child needs eye treatment? If they are too young to speak, it can be difficult to know how well they can see.
There are some common signs and symptoms that indicate early vision loss. Parents should diligently check their children for the following:
If the initial exam between six and twelve months shows no signs of vision problems, we recommend coming in for a checkup around age 3. The next exam after that tends to be around age 5 or 6 when the child starts school.
If a child has issues with the health of their eyes, they will need to come in more frequently for proper monitoring. During your visit to our Chicago eye center, we can discuss the ideal checkup frequency for your child’s needs.
After age 5 or 6, it’s a good idea for your child to undergo annual eye exams into their teenage years. It’s important to discuss any vision issues with your pre-teen and teenage children so these issues can be treated as soon as possible.
Even slightly blurred vision can cause headaches and worsen a young person’s eyesight if left untreated. For teenage patients, it’s crucial that they wear glasses or contacts in order to see clearly and not suffer setbacks in school or in sports because of poor eyesight.