Baby's First Eye Exam

When eye or vision problems occur in infants, they
can cause developmental delays. Early detection of
vision conditions is vital to correcting and
safeguarding the health of a baby's eyes and the
quality of sight.
At about 6 months of age, your baby should have his or her first
thorough eye exam. You should schedule this exam regardless of
whether or not you notice any signs of vision problems. Healthy
eyes and good vision play a critical role in how infants and
children learn. The best way to be sure your baby's eyes are
functioning and developing properly is through a complete eye

During you baby's eye examination, your eye doctor should test
Excessive or unequal amounts of refractive errors
(nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism)
Babies Eyes Need Sun Protection Too
InfantSEE® is the American Optometric Association's public
health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care
becomes an integral part of infant wellness to improve a child's
quality of life.

Under this program, participating doctors of optometry provide a
comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months
of age as a no-cost public service. To learn more about the
InfantSEE® program and to locate a doctor in your area, click on
the link below.
Don't forget to protect your baby's eyes, as well
as skin, when outdoors.

Babies' eyes are more sensitive to sun exposure
than adults. They need protection from the
potentially harmful affects of ultraviolet (UV)
radiation in sunlight.

A hat or cap with a wide brim can help to shield
your baby's eyes from the sun. But UV blocking
sunglasses offer the highest level of protection.

Baby and toddler size sunglasses with
99%-100% UV protection and impact resistant
lenses are available from a variety of sources.
Look for a label listing the amount of UVA and
UVB protection provided. Your family eye
doctor can assist you in making an appropriate

The earlier children start wearing sunglasses
the better their chances of avoiding eye health
problems later in life, like cataracts and
macular degeneration.
A Baby's Eyes
Eye alignment and eye movement ability

Eye health problems
While these problems are not common in infants, the
sooner these conditions are identified the better their
chances to benefit significantly from treatment.
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