Pediatric Vision Care
Good eye health starts early.
As a parent you want your child to be in the best health possible — and that includes the health of your child’s eyes.
The doctors at Bouquet Mulligan DeMaio follow American Optometric Association (AOA) guidelines in recommending that your child’s first eye exam occur at 6 months, with additional exams at 1 and between 5 and 6 years of age. After age 6, exams should be scheduled every one to two years, based on your doctor’s recommendation.
Conditions that put your child at risk for vision problems include:
- Premature or low birth weight
- Family history of ocular disease
- Maternal smoking, alcohol or recreational drug use
- Known or suspected neurodevelopmental disorders
- Systemic health conditions with potential ocular manifestations.
- Prescription and nonprescription drugs, supplements and herbal remedies
Vision screenings vs. exams
Your child may receive a vision screening in school or at a community event such as a health fair. It’s important to keep in mind that a screening is far different from an eye exam.
Eye exams are conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist with the medical training to detect and assess vision problems. In addition, professional eye care practices like Bouquet Mulligan DeMaio use advanced technology and equipment
Specialized equipment and procedures, which are not available as part of a vision screening program, are needed to adequately evaluate eyes and vision.
Have questions about your child’s vision health or want to schedule an appointment? Contact us today.