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Signs Your Child May Need An Eye Exam

Pediatrician checking eye girl at medical office

With kids getting ready to go back to school, this may a good time to remind you of some signs that your child may need an eye exam.

As adults, we are very familiar with our eyesight, but our children rely on us to help them understand what’s normal and what isn’t.  As they grow and learn, they will become better at expressing their vision needs.   Until then, you’ll need to keep an eye out for the following signs that tell you it’s time to take your child to the eye doctor:

  • Age – Most doctors recommend that you take your child for an exam at 6 months, 3 years old and before starting first grade.
  • Squinting – If your child has difficulty reading, focusing or appears to be squinting when reading or watching television, it may be time for an eye exam.
  • Signs of External Irritation – Be on the lookout for signs of external irritation. Rubbing and itching, redness and excessive eye mucous or discharge, may be signs your child needs to see an eye doctor.

If your child shows any of these signs, or if your child is overdue for their routine eye exam, it might be a good time to give us a call and schedule their eye exam before going back to school.

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