I have three kids, ages 18 months, 3 years, and 5 years. Should I have their eyes checked even though they seem fine?

Yes…absolutely!!!!! Children quite often have visual conditions that go undiagnosed for years. Imagine being born with a visual system that’s out of focus, like a camera or binoculars that are maladjusted. It would be extremely noticeable to you and I because we know the difference, but for many kiddos, they unknowingly assume it’s normal. The American Optometric Association recommends that the  first eye examination be performed at six months of age, and the second at three years, unless otherwise indicated based on signs or symptoms. The next exam should be per- formed before first grade and then every two years there- after, unless findings indicate more frequent exams. We need to advocate for our youth, as they often won’t speak up for themselves. If you see a child with a crossed eye or who’s squinting frequently, nicely ask the parent if “Jimmy” or “Jane” have had their eyes examined recently. There are many conditions that can absolutely hinder a child’s development, if left untreated.

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