• Pediatric Ophthalmology

Pediatric Ophthalmology

At What Ages Should Children Be Examined

What is a comprehensive eye exam

In contrast to a vision screening, a comprehensive eye exam can detect a vision disorders and medical conditions. Eye drops are used to dilate the pupils, which allows a more thorough examination.

Your baby should receive a comprehensive exam if:

  • Your baby is premature
  • Your baby is at high risk for medical complications
  • There is a family history of childhood vision disorders

Your toddler should receive a comprehensive exam:

  • When reaching 3 years of age
  • Before starting kindergarten or first grade (about age 5 or 6)

School-aged children should receive comprehensive exams:

  • Every two years if no vision correction is required
  • If your child needs eyeglasses or contact lenses, he or she should have an exam annually or according to your eye doctor’s recommendations