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Ask the Pediatrician

Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

How do I know if my child has vision problems?

Answer

The best way to identify vision problems is with vision screening. During an exam the doctor looks for eye disease and checks to see if the eyes are working properly. Children with a family history of childhood vision problems are more likely to have eye problems themselves.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children have their eyes checked by a pediatrician at the following ages: at birth, by 6 months of age, at 3-4 years of age, then yearly after age 5.