When should I schedule my child's first eye exam?
Dr. Paul Hanlon recommends that all children have their first eye exam at age 3 and then again at age 5. Having a comprehensive eye exam at age 3 makes sure that your child's vision is developing properly and there is no evidence of any eye disease. Early detection is necessary to treat eye disorders in children. This is especially important if there is a history of amblyopia or "lazy eye" in the family.
The American Optometric Association states that "all children should receive a comprehensive eye and vision examination assessing and treating any deficiencies in ocular health, visual acuity, refractive status, ocular motility, and binocular vision prior to entering school." Parents should know that a vision screening does not replace a comprehensive exam of vision and ocular health. An exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist would be highly effective in detecting various vision conditions.