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How To Know If Your Child Needs an Eye Exam

Have you ever noticed your child is squinting or holding reading material extremely close to their face? Do they seem to have a short attention span or have difficulty reading? 

While these observations can indicate a learning difficulty, the solution may be as simple as an undiagnosed vision problem. 

Children do not know the difference between normal vision and visual abnormalities. They only know what they have experienced, making them much less likely than an adult to complain of blurry vision. 

 

Signs Caretakers Should Look Out For 

How Often Should Your Child Be Seen By an Eye Doctor?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology officially recommends vision screenings: 

  1. As a newborn
  2. Between 6 and 12 months old
  3. Between 1 and 3 years old
  4. Between 3 and 5 years old
  5. After age 5

Once children enter school, it is recommended to get an eye exam every year. 

Author
Cindy Kweon, OD Cindy Kweon, OD Cindy Kweon, OD, (pronounced Kwon) is a board-certified comprehensive optometrist at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC. She is dedicated to providing high-quality care to patients in Hatboro, North Wales, and Levittown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kweon received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and went on to earn her doctoral degree in optometry from Salus University in Elkins Park. She underwent extensive clinical training in the pediatrics and comprehensive clinic at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kay, Tabas, Niknam & DiDomenico Ophthalmology Associates in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania; Allentown VA Clinic; and Century Eye Care in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. In addition to her training, Dr. Kweon is an active member of the American Optometric Association and Pennsylvania Optometric Association. To better serve a diverse population, Dr. Kweon is fluent in both English and Korean.

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