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It is important for children to have regular eye exams and at Bell Vision we are highly experienced with pediatric patients. This is because children's eyes are still developing, and they may have vision problems that are not obvious to parents. Early detection and treatment of vision problems can help children to develop good vision and succeed in school.

When should children have their first eye exam?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that all children have their first eye exam by age 6 months. This is especially important for children who are at risk for vision problems, such as those with a family history of eye disease or who are born prematurely.

What happens during a pediatric eye exam?

During a pediatric eye exam, the eye doctor will:

  • Check the child's vision

  • Measure the pressure inside the child's eyes

  • Look for signs of eye disease

  • Dilate the child's pupils (using eye drops) to get a better look at the back of the child's eyes

If the eye doctor finds any problems, they will discuss treatment options with the child's parents. Treatment may include glasses, contact lenses, or surgery.

How can I make sure my child has a good experience at their eye exam?

Here are some tips for making sure your child has a good experience at their eye exam:

  • Talk to your child about what to expect at the eye exam.

  • Choose an eye doctor who is experienced in examining children.

  • Bring a favorite toy or blanket to the exam to help your child relax.

  • Be patient and understanding. It may take some time for your child to get used to the eye doctor's office and the exam itself.

By taking your child for regular eye exams, you can help ensure that they have good vision and succeed in school.

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