The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that children should have their first eye exam when they’re just 6 months old. You’ll want to have them checked again when they are 3 and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6.
Why is it so important? Children rely on their eyes to succeed in school. It’s easy to see that they need good distance vision to be able to see what the teacher is writing on the whiteboard or chalkboard. And, obviously, they need near vision to be able to read the text in their books and on tests.
But there are less obvious aspects of vision that can help – or hinder – your child’s school career. They’ll need to develop peripheral awareness, eye-hand coordination and a range of skills related to eye teaming (binocularity), eye movement and focusing.
Experts in the field estimate that 5% to 10% of preschoolers and roughly 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of these problems is key.
Dr. Kathy Chriqui of Chatsworth Optometrics, a full-service eye clinic based in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles, California, can give your children a comprehensive eye exam in a riendly, comfortable environment.
After more than 10 years in Chatsworth, Dr. Chriqui and her helpful staff have now moved. So, if you need an eye doctor in Northridge, California, please call 818-882- 9300 or schedule an appointment online.