At Edgewater Eyecare, we believe that taking care of your vision starts at a very early age. 1 in 4 children suffer from vision problems that interfere with their learning process. Uncorrected vision conditions or health problems in children face many barriers in life in academics, social and athletically. We can’t stress the importance of eye exams for children as part of their routine preventive medical care. Certain factors cause a child to be more at risk for eye conditions or diseases, including born prematurely, development delays, having crossed eyes, having sustained an injury to the eye and having a genetic disorder. If your child has any of these conditions, inform Dr. Papaiya during your next visit to find out how often your child should have their eyes checked.
Early detection is key and according to the American Optometric Association (AOA):
• Infants should have their first eye exam at 6 months of age
• Children should have additional eye exams at age 3
• And, again at about 5 or 6, when starting kindergarten or first grade.
At Edgewater Eyecare, we have a dedicated “kid-friendly” patient waiting area, filled with books and toys to engage them as they wait for their eye exam. We also have a fun selection of kids’ eyewear, whether they are into butterflies, clouds, rainbows or cars and airplanes.