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first eye exam happy baby in field with parents
Taking care of a child comes with the responsibility of organizing their various healthcare appointments. From visiting the family doctor, setting up playdates or scheduling their first haircut, it is easy to lose track of the recommended appointments. The frequency with which your child should get their eyes examined varies with their age. Listed below are the recommended frequencies for eye exams for your child, modified from the American Optometric Association. This may be subject to change if your optometrist has differing recommendations based on your child’s eye condition / risk level. 

kids contact lenses, contact lens on finger
For kids and teenagers, trying contact lenses for the first time can be both a scary and exciting experience.  Most first-timers and their parents will have lots of questions about trying contact lenses.  What age is appropriate for trying contacts for the first time? What type of lenses should be worn?  Are there any risks?  The truth is that the answers to these questions varies from person to person.  There are many factors to consider and to discuss with your optometrist before trying contact lenses.  Continue reading to learn more about them. 

lazy eye amblyopia unhappy child
You may have heard of the phrase “lazy eye,” which is oftentimes used to describe when one eye has reduced vision.  Eye care professionals refer to this condition as amblyopia.  If it is not detected and treated early, amblyopia has the potential to permanently effect vision. In many cases of amblyopia, the affected child may not demonstrate symptoms of vision problems.  This is why it is important for your child to be examined by an optometrist, even if you do not suspect problems.  

eye exams for kids
Children rely heavily on their eyes and vision for learning and development.  That’s why it is important for your child to have comprehensive eye examinations early in life, so you can be sure they are able to properly use their eyes to grow and develop.  Pediatric eye exams can detect whether or not your child needs glasses, determine how well the eyes are working together and how effective the visual system is, and assess if there are any ocular diseases affecting the front or the back of the eye.
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