When does my child need his/her first eye exam?
The concern with relying on visual complaints from a child is that children assume how they see is how everyone sees. The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommend children receive their first eye exam by an eye doctor at 6 months of age, and again before entering school, or around 4 to 5 years of age. Eye examinations are then advised annually during school age years. Although the visual system will often shift until age 15-17, if some visual defects are not correctly identified and addressed before the age of 10, permanent damage can occur.