How young shall my child be to get the first eye examination?

This is one of the most common questions that parents ask me. They are usually shocked to hear when I said it is 6 months old. Most parents thought a child must at least able to read letters in order to receive an eye exam. The fact is that many optometrists are trained to perform vision assessments for babies. With all the diagnostic instruments and techniques available, we can ensure healthy eyes for the baby and rule out vision problems that tend to run in the family like lazy eyes, nearsightedness, or astigmatism.

This first well-child vision assessment for babies, known as InfantSEE®, is recommended for babies starting as early as 6 months old (and up to 12 months old). Over 7000 member optometrists of the American Optometric Association have been donating this service and performing this vision assessment at no-cost to ensure that babies of America will be off to a great start in their vision development. Of course, babies who are suspected to have eye problems are recommended to see an eye doctor as soon as possible even before 6 months of age. I am been providing vision examination to babies at my office for almost 10 years. It has always been one of the most enjoyable part of my practice. Parents are always happy to know that their children are having good vision and are also appreciative of the recommendations to ensure on-going good vision development. To locate an optometrist who provides InfantSEE® vision assessment in your area, please visit http://www.infantSEE.org If you would like to find an optometrist who is also trained in vision development of children, please visit the College of Optometrists in Vision Development website at http://www.covd.org

About tongvision

Dr. Tong founded the Center for Vision Development Optometry in 2002 and the center is known for its friendly and caring staff. The center’s main focus are helping children and adults with learning-related vision problem, strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), autism, head injury, and stroke. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling with his family and teaching children’s bible lessons at his local Bible Study Fellowship. Dr. Tong has been an Optometrist for over 20 years. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). His professional affiliations include memberships in the California and American Optometric Associations, the International Sports Vision Association, Optometric Extension Program Foundation, COVD, AAO, and NORA. He has served as trustee and past-president of the San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of both the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University and the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.
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