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According to The American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye examination at the age of 6 months. Any additional eye examinations should be scheduled according to the child’s condition and the recommendations of the physician.

Comprehensive eye exams are essential in the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems, injury and disease. Early detection allows for treatment to begin before the child experiences difficulties in school due to poor vision, or before any permanent damage occurs.

 

Children’s eye exams usually include testing for the following:

 

  • Visual acuity
  • Eye tracking
  • Focusing skills
  • Near vision
  • Distance vision
  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Dyslexia
  • Color blindness
  • Slit-lamp examination