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We suggest scheduling your child's first eye test between the ages of 3 and 4, before they start school. Annual kids eye tests thereafter are also recommended. However, if your child shows any signs or symptoms of vision problems before this age, it is important to have their eyes tested promptly.
Signs include frequent eye rubbing, squinting, holding objects too closely or far away, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, and complaints of headaches or blurred vision. Schedule an eye test if you notice these signs or have concerns about your child's vision. Our experienced optometrists are here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Even if a child is too young or shy to provide verbal responses, we can use objective methods such as retinoscopy. This involves shining a light into their eyes to measure refractive status to provide important information about their vision.
No, wearing glasses does not make a child's eyes dependent on them. Glasses are prescribed to provide clear vision and correct refractive errors. They do not weaken or alter the natural structure of the eyes. In fact, not wearing glasses when needed can lead to strain and discomfort for the eyes, which can negatively impact vision.
It's worth mentioning that some children may experience changes in their prescription over time, especially during periods of growth. Regular eye exams for children are essential to monitor any changes and ensure that the prescription remains accurate for their vision needs.