As you start planning for the new school year, don’t forget to include an eye exam on your list (especially if your child has any of these warning signs). But good eye health actually starts well before kids enter school. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend 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.
So keep an eye on your child’s eyes with regular checkups. Of course, if you have any concerns about your child’s vision, talk to your pediatrician.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org