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 examination.

During you baby's eye examination, your eye doctor should test for:
l 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
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 selection.

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

l 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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