Babies are not born with all of the visual abilities they will need in life. Instead, like walking or talking, it is a skill that we learn in our early years, and having healthy eyes and good vision play important roles in how those skills develop. That is why, at Vision Source Castle Hills in San Antonio, we recommend your child has his or her first eye exam with an optometrist at about 6 to 12 months of age, whether there are any apparent vision problems or not.
Your Baby’s First Eye Exam
During your baby’s first eye exam, Dr. Trevino and his team will get an understanding of your family’s history of eye diseases and test for several conditions, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He will also check your child’s eye movement and alignment, as well as the overall health of the eyes. During the visit, Dr. Trevino will want to know if you have noticed any specific conditions or symptoms such as frequent eye rubbing or poor eye tracking skills.
Regular Pediatric Eye Exams
Your child will need to continue to receive regular eye exams throughout his or her life. These pediatric eye exams should occur at the following stages:
12 to 36 months
During this exam, our eye doctor will perform a healthy eye screening and may screen for lazy eye.
3 to 5 years old
Before your child starts school, your child’s vision and eye alignment will be checked.
As your child becomes older, he or she will need to visit the optometrist every two years until they are 18 if there are no risk factors and no need for glasses or contacts. If your child wears glasses or contacts, however, annual eye exams are recommended to keep your child’s prescription up to date.
During these visits, our eye doctor will not only be examining the overall eye health and binocularity, but he will also check for any changes in your child’s prescription. It is important to keep in mind that if your child has an eye exam at the pediatrician’s office or their school, it is not a substitution for the comprehensive eye exam they will receive from a family eye doctor.
Schedule a Pediatric Eye Exam in San Antonio, TX
If your child needs to have his or her eye health checked, make an appointment with our team at Vision Source Castle Hills in San Antonio by calling us today at (210) 344-1400.