,other and child both wearing glasses, in a glasses store picking out frames

Vision issues affect around five percent to ten percent of preschoolers and twenty-five percent of school-aged children, according to the estimates of some qualified specialists. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that children should receive an eye exam when they are six months old, again when they are three years old, and once more when they first begin attending school. Children who do not have any preexisting vision issues or risk factors for eye or vision difficulties should then continue to get their eyes examined at least once every year while they are enrolled in school.

Children who already have visual issues or who have risk factors for developing them should have their eyes tested more frequently. The following are some common risk factors for visual problems:

Preterm birth developmental delays

Eyes are either turned away or crossed.

History of eye problems in the family

History of eye injuries in addition to other bodily illnesses or diseases

young giel getting her eyes examined with a glasdses-looking device

The American Optometric Association (AOA) advises that children who wear corrective lenses, such as glasses or contact lenses, have their eyes inspected at least once a year or more frequently if directed to do so by their optometrist.