6 Months: The Age Your Child Should See The Optometrist.

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

One of the 'giants' in our profession once stated that "No profession has the opportunity to make a bigger difference in a child's life than an Optometrist doing his/her job properly."


Dr. Leo Manas was stating this because of the pervasive role your eyes play in everyday life, including school, work, sports and pretty much everything else which requires movement.


Child wearing eyeglasses after getting eye exam with optometrist.
Young child getting glasses after eye exam.

So if an Optometrist can make such a difference in someone's life, when should you start getting tested for vision problems?


Just think about this:


Do you really know if your child is using one eye or both eyes?


Just because the eyes may look like they move together, doesn't mean their brain is making full use of them at the same time.


Your child is likely not going to tell you if they have trouble seeing. They will often think... "isn't that how everyone else sees?"


It might shock you to know (because we eye doctors haven't done a very good job of teaching the public), but we generally recommend a comprehensive eye exam at six months of age.


Why?


Six months is an important age in visual development.


This is the age when: