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Why Children Should Have Annual Eye Exams

As a parent, you always want the best for your child. You may wonder whether your child has a vision problem or how often should you schedule your child’s eye exams. Children’s eye care is essential to every child’s development. Over 80 percent of what a child learns in school is presented visually, so it is important for you to make sure your son or daughter has good vision. Good vision plays a key role in children’s academic performance. According to All About Vision, research has shown that 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of at-school children have vision problems. It is important for your child to get his or her eyes checked to identify any possible vision problems and get diagnosed and treated early on.

Children should have their eyes checked, regardless if they wear glasses or not. Depth perception, focus, tracking, and many other aspects of vision continue to develop throughout childhood. The ability of both eyes to focus on an object simultaneously usually does not get fully developed until the age of seven. This is one reason why any problems a child might have with focusing or eye alignment should be treated before that age.

Eye exams can help detect any nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. If it is detected early, your child’s eyes can be promptly treated. Annual routine eye exam can also help ensure your child’s eyes are healthy. It cane help rule out amblyopia, strabismus, and other binocular vision problems that may interfere with your child’s vision development, academic performance, and sports vision.

We all want the best for our child! Call MPO Eyecare today and schedule an eye exam for your child.