Eyesee strongly recommends parents have their child’s vision and eye health examined every year, starting when the child is around six months old. Early eye exams are particularly essential for detecting problems with eye muscle strength, visual coordination (binocularity), eye/hand coordination and peripheral awareness.
These abilities support a child’s ability to develop good learning skills before and after entering school. Studies have clearly shown that poor academic performance often correlates with a child’s inability to see properly. Unfortunately, pre-school children with undetected vision problems don’t even realize they can’t see properly because they are unaware of what it’s like to see “normally”. Unknown vision issues may worsen and make it difficult for the child to succeed in school.
Common vision problems affecting children are refractive errors such as astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness. Easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses (for older children), refractive errors are almost always permanent and may worsen if left untreated.