The Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams | Seattle Optical Center

At Clearview Eye & Laser, we are here to help educate parents on the importance of pediatric eye exams. The American Optometric Association estimates that 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-age children are diagnosed with vision problems once they receive proper eye care.

Many parents aren’t fully aware of how much eye health can affect their child’s school performance. Regular comprehensive pediatric exams are key to detecting irregularities that can negatively impact development.

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Why are Pediatric Eye Exams Important?

A child with undetected poor vision may have difficulties reading or comprehending text because of their inability to adequately see. This can impact academic achievement and take away from a child’s personal enjoyment of learning both in and out of the classroom.

Undetected poor vision can also cause poor hand-eye coordination, making it difficult to participate in sports or physical activities.

Here are a few telltale signs that your child may have an undetected vision problem:

  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Often covering or squinting one eye
  • Poor hand-eye coordination

Pediatric Eye Exams at Seattle Clearview Eye & Laser

According to the AOA, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam by the time they reach six months of age. Children should have eye exams at age three, and just before they enter the first grade or around five years old. Parents should commit to taking their child to an eye exam at least every two years during school age.

Following your child’s eye exam, we will recommend eye care solutions that suits your child’s needs. This can involve vision correction through glasses or pediatric eye surgery, depending on the results.

Schedule a pediatric eye exam for your child at our Burien or Seattle eye clinic. Our staff at Clearview Eye & Laser is committed to providing a comfortable and friendly environment to make your child feel welcomed and anxiety-free.


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