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Age for first eye exam?

DH is more concerned about this than I am TBH. But LO will sometimes squint, I see it as part of her facial expressions... like if she's curious about something or trying to understand something, shemay scrunch her face. Which will include squinting. I told DH that but he's like "its also a sign of struggling to see.."

The other thing she does, is sometimes she blinks hard. I think it may be more of a nervous thing? But not sure. Could also be dry eyes. DH and I both have dry eyes. We both needed glasses in middle school.

WDYT? When are first eye exams normally done? What signs should I look for of poor vision in my 2 yr old?
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  • Since DD turned 4 (i think...maybe 3?) and eye exam became part of her annual physical. 
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    I think most are done at the kindergarten screening!  If you are concerned take her in however, before wasting your time talk with them about their charts.  If your LO knows her letters than no big deal, otherwise I had a friend of mine who took her LO to the doctor young and the chart was pictures- like a corded phone, typewritter, etc. things her toddler had no clue what they were!  hahaha
  • DS had a febrile seizure at 4 months and the neurologist recommended regular eye exams starting at 6 months. DS is 2.5 and he has been twice.


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    Our eye dr did a complimentary exam @ 3.5 yrs old.  We starting going every year after that.  They both have reading glasses they were prescribed before beginning K.  I figured DS might need glasses because he would complain about headaches. I was surprised DD needed them.
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  • My pedi did a test for ds at 12 months and 15 months. We ended up at the pedi ophthalmologist because ds is near sighted and far sighted with astigmatism in both eyes.
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  • My optometrist does a free exam for 11 month olds, just to check that the eyes are focusing right, reacting to light, and pointing correctly. After that they start at 3.

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  • At DS's 6m check-up, our doc suggested taking DS before 1yr. We took him before 7m and the eye doc said to come back in another year. There are no concerns so this is just what's recommended here I guess.

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    Our pediatrician's office now does screenings as part of the 1-year checkup.  It's an amazing little machine that takes an image of kids' eyes.  It takes 10 seconds, and it was fun for DS and incredibly easy.

    Sadly, DD missed out on that because the AAP just changed recommendations (it used to be age 3), so just after she turned two, she had to suffer the massive eye exam (with dilation) at the specialist's office.  It was traumatic and terrible.  She still refuses to wear her glasses.  I'm hoping the pedi will give me a second opinion when we go this month.  Maybe they can do the easy test and just double check to make sure the specialist was right.  I can't imagine getting a good eye exam when the patient was screaming and fighting to close her eyes.

    They did this with DD1 at preschool, but unfortunately we got no results because apparently she wasn't looking directly at the camera.  :(  OP, I would still look into this kind of test and give it a try.  It would be much less traumatic than a trip to the eye doctor. 

    They started doing eye exams at our pedi's office starting at age 3.  I don't really have any concerns about DD1's eyesight, but the school recommended she get an exam before kindergarten, so I'll need to call an eye doctor soon. 

     

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  • I also meant to say that DS1s last eye exam was completely normal and he also squints.


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    They're supposed to have the first eye exam at 1 yo

  • I'm not sure when they're normally done, because our normal included exams since birth because of the ROP.  However, if you do have a concern, it can't hurt to get it checked out.  You'll want to see a pediatric ophthalmologist at this point instead of going to a place like Lens Crafters and whatnot.

    We were able to figure out that Judith was having problems because she couldn't find objects with colors that were too similar, and she had some fine motor issues (a big hint was not being able to fit objects into holes).  Since she was already being monitored, I mentioned my concerns about that to her ophtho and we decided to do the glasses sooner rather than try to wait it out longer. 

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    They're supposed to have the first eye exam at 1 yo

    At the pedi's office or a regular eye doctor?  No one said anything to us about an eye exam until DD1 was 3 and they did one at her well child visit. 

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  • I've been taking my son in every 6 months since he was 6 months, but I used to work for our optometrist so she does a free exam when we go to visit. I don't think I'd otherwise do it until 3 unless I saw major problems, like squinting all the time, holding books really close, avoiding activities like coloring, puzzles, stickers, anything that causes to her focus up close, or if it seems like she has trouble seeing things far away, like airplanes, squirrels in trees, birds, etc.

    I believe that first eye exams, really basic chart exams, are done at well checks starting at 4 or 5. But we saw lots of kids that were much older with horrible vision that wasn't caught until late in elementary school, usually by a teacher or school sponsored eye exams.

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  • 6 mos, 3 years, 5 years and every year after that. If you are concerned make an appt with a pediatric opthamologist. You do not need a referrel. DD2 had an appt at 3 years because she failed the Lion's Club vision screening at the school district's 3 yo screening so we made an appt otherwise we would have waited until she was 5 since she had no symptoms of eye strain (which was foolish on our part since DH has had glasses since he was 4). I am so happy we had her seen because we learned that she is farsighted and has a severe astigmatism. She now wears glasses and is doing fabulous with them. We have the indestructible Miraflex frames. I am so glad we caught it early, but wish we would have caught it even sooner. In hindsight I wonder if her poor eyesight explains her slight speech delay and gross motor delay when she was 12mos old because not seeing can hinder their development. I feel bad about the fact that until now, her world was blurry. The earlier you catch it, the better. Some kids' vision can improve with glasses to the point of not needing them when they get older if you intervene early enough. 

    ETA: The exam that they do at the pediatricians office where they read pictures off a chart is not thorough enough and can miss problems, that is why it is best to see a PO for a full exam. They dilate the eyes and are able to look in them to see any abnormalities. Which is necessary especially for young children who can't tell you that they are having trouble seeing because they don't know the difference. The appt is very long and exhausting-usually lasts 2.5-3 hours, but is worth it. Bring snacks and entertainment-but our office gives the kids animal crackers and has toys, movies, books etc in the waiting room but it's hard on the kiddos since they can't really see after their eyes are dilated.

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    DS's had one but only because he had tear duct surgery.  Post-surgery, the eye doc said we don't have to come back until age 5 so I assumed that was the normal time frame?
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  • Here they recommend 6 months, 2/3 years, pre-kindergarten and every year following.  The 6 month one isn't so much for vision but rather to check for certain eye diseases that can affect vision later on.  Our family doctor only checks the eyes, not the vision itself.  I take the girls to an actual optometrist for anything eye related.

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