When Should Kids See an Eye Doctor?
As a first time parent, I felt confident in my child’s checkup schedule. Our pediatrician visited within hours of birth and we met our dentist after her first birthday. But an eye doctor? I didn’t know the protocol here.
My husband has worn glasses since elementary school; mine didn’t arrive until college. Will our kids need glasses too? And how do we know when to have their vision checked?
The First Eye Exam May be Earlier than Expected
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends children have a thorough eye exam at age 3 and again just before entering kindergarten or first grade.
Visual problems often disguise themselves as learning disabilities. It can be frustrating for a child to attempt to explain what’s wrong. Also, certain behaviors may warrant a checkup:
- tilting head or covering one eye
- sitting too close to screens/television
- rubbing eyes excessively
- experiencing frequent headaches/nausea
- tearing excessively
Kid-Friendly Vision Checkups + Selecting an Eye Doctor
Vision appointments can appear daunting for kids. They include big machines, bright lights and sitting still. Is that feasible with small children? How can a toddler “read” an eye chart?
Here’s where finding the right eye care provider makes the big difference: with a kid-friendly eye doctor, the lights will not seem too bright nor the machines too scary. And “reading” may include seeing a bunny instead of a letter.
Kalamazoo offers a number of eye doctors that patiently assess and treat your child’s vision. Every name in this guide received significant votes from our readers.
Any sponsors you see were first voted by our readers and then were invited to offer more information about their practice.
Are you on the search for other health care providers for your family? See the Top Voted Doctors in Kalamazoo with a listing of Dentists, Allergists, Pediatricians, etc. who provide medical care in the community.
(Please note that this content is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Users are advised to check the certification of any care providers listed below and consult their own medical doctors before proceeding with a care plan.)