Vision is imperative to educational success. The AOA recommends your child’s first eye exam should at 6 – 12 months of age. Parents should look for some common signs of eye and vision problems such as:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Red or encrusted eye lids
  • Constant eye turning
  • Extreme sensitivity to light
  • Appearance of a white pupil

For children aged 3-5, the AOA recommends an eye exam at least once and parents should watch for signs that may indicate a vision problem, including:

  • Sitting close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Squinting
  • Tilting their head
  • Covering an eye
  • Frequently rubbing their eyes
  • Short attention span for the child’s age
  • Turning of an eye in or out
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination when playing ball or bike riding
  • Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles and other detailed activities
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For children aged 6-18, the AOA recommends an eye exam before the first year of school and annually afterwards. Signs of potential vision problems include:

  • Complaints of discomfort and fatigue
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • Eye turns in or out -Seeing double
  • Losing place when reading
  • Difficulty remembering reading material
Furthermore, the special needs community is vastly underrepresented in health and eye care. Our eye doctors are insistent on taking the time and sometimes creative ways to properly assess and examine these patients. We have a compassionate understanding of the challenges faced by this community and their caretakers and are happy to do everything within our ability to meet each unique need.