Children's Vision Exams

When babies are born, they already have the “hardware” necessary for vision, but the hardware still needs to be programmed. Babies are in the dark before birth, so the visual stimulation they experience, particularly between birth and age 2, is key to quality of vision for the rest of their lives.

Normal development for infants and toddlers

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What can go wrong?

How to tell if something is wrong

The biggest clues are usually behavioral.

Who is at higher risk of problems?

School age children

Since learning is 80% visual, all children should have a professional eye examination before starting kindergarten and periodically (every year or two) after that. Screenings by pediatricians and school nurses detect some vision problems but miss others. Children who struggle to read comfortably or see in the classroom are at a big disadvantage in learning compared to their peers.

Children assume that everyone sees the way they do and often do not know to tell parents that they are having trouble seeing. There have been many parents over the years who are shocked to find out that their child can see only the “big E” on the eyechart.

Some children are resistant to the idea of wearing glasses even though the glasses help them see better. Brookside Optometric Group has a large selection of durable frames for children backed up by a 1-year “no questions asked” replacement warrantee on lenses and frames (excluding loss of glasses). We recommend allowing your child to choose a frame that they like, even if it’s not your first choice. And later, contact lenses can be a great alternative for active teens or those concerned about their appearance with glasses.

Fun Facts for Children

Brookside Optometric Group welcomes patients of all ages. If your child is of school age, or if you’ve noticed something about your preschooler’s eyes that concerns you, call for an appointment today. You’ll feel better knowing that they can see well and comfortably.