When you schedule your child’s initial eye exam at our Middletown optical store, Spare Pair Vision Center, be sure to let us know if your child has any history of or displays delayed motor development, excessive blinking, frequent eye rubbing, poor eye tracking skills, or is unable to maintain eye contact. Also, be sure to tell our eye doctor if your child has failed a vision screening at school or during a visit to his or her pediatrician. Aside from any family history of eye problems, our eye doctor will also want to know about previous eye problems and treatments your child has had, such as surgeries and glasses or contact lens wear.
Your child’s optical history and pediatric eye exams at our Middletown optical store are extremely important, because 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Detecting a child’s vision problem early on can be crucial since children are often more responsive to treatment when they are younger. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade, at about age 5 or 6. The AOA recommends school age children get an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who do need eyeglasses should be examined every year or as recommended by our Middletown optical store. Early eye exams are necessary to make sure your children have normal, healthy vision so they can perform their best at school. Near vision, distance vision, binocular (two eyes) coordination, focusing skills, and hand-eye coordination are the basic skills needed for learning which is why some states require a mandatory eye exam for all children entering school for the first time.
If eyeglasses are needed, the goal is to get your child to actually wear them so they can see as clearly as possible and no school work is affected. You not only have to deal with what your child is willing to wear but consider durability as well. In the past, plastic frames were a smarter choice for children because they were sturdier and less likely to get bent or broken, weighed less, and were less expensive. Manufacturers are now making some metal frames that have the same features as the plastic and we have them in our Middletown optical store. The bottom line is, if your children need to wear glasses, their sight is the most important thing and at although we will make personalized recommendations, the ultimate decision remains with you and your child.