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Children’s First Eye Test – How Young Is Too Young?

You probably wouldn’t have thought this, but your newborn baby and young child should be getting an eye exam. Since your child’s eyes are quickly developing and always changing, it’s important to keep on top of vision problems from a young age. But how do you know when your children’s first eye test should be?

According to the American Optometric Association, children should have an eye exam by no later than six months old, then again by age three, and just before starting school.

Children's First Eye Test ImageSchool-age children need an exam every two to three years after that if they have no vision problems.

But if your child requires corrective lenses, schedule visits every 12 months.

Prescriptions change frequently, because vision matures along with your child.

Don’t Rely on School for Children’s Fist Eye Test

Keep in mind that a vision screening performed by your pediatrician or the school nurse is not a complete eye exam. These screenings are designed to alert parents to the possibility of a visual problem, but they should not take the place of a visit to an eye care professional.

One question we get here a lot is when can our kids start taking eye vitamins so they can avoid glasses?

The RYV Ocu-Plus Formula can help to improve common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism in children.

There are some signs you can watch for at home as well that may point to vision problems:

  • If your child routinely sits too close to the television
  • If they often rub their eyes while reading or watching television
  • If they complain of headaches after reading
  • If they complain about not being able to see the words in a book clearly
  • If they hold books and papers at arms reach to read them

These are all signs that your child may be experiencing difficulty with their vision. If you notice these signs take them in for an eye exam. When children are very young they may not be able to explain to you what problems they are having seeing. If the vision problem is something they were born with then they don’t realize that it is a problem. They have never seen clearly so they don’t realize that anything is wrong.

Some Steps You Can Take to Avoid Eye Problems in the Future

Restrict the amount of time that your children spend looking at electronic screens. These include but are not limited to video games, television, computers, kindles, and cell phones. Electronic screens can be the cause of eye strain even in young eyes.

Get your children outside as much as possible. We understand that in large cities this can be difficult, but try to find after school programs or parks in the area where it is safe for them to play. School sports are also an option to consider. The YMCA often offers programs that are available to children. When people are outside they are focusing on things at a distance this is restful for your eyes.

Make sure that your children are wearing sunglasses that protect them from UV/UVB rays while outside. Because of the pollution in our atmosphere more harmful rays are reaching the surface of the planet. These rays can cause damage to the eyes if left unprotected.

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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15 responses to “Children’s First Eye Test – How Young Is Too Young?”

  1. Avatar for Deborah Ross Deborah Ross says:

    Very informative!

  2. Avatar for linda linda says:

    Thank You

  3. Avatar for Margo Margo says:

    Thank you.

  4. Avatar for Seymour Seymour says:

    Wow! I didn’t have an eye exam before I was in my last years of middle school- I could never read the tv screen when I was playing videogames but I thought it was the screen that was blurry! I have no idea how I managed to do well in school when I couldn’t read the black board. I wish my parents had known what you just posted!

  5. Avatar for heather heather says:

    I was in the third grade!! I couln’t see the board and now my vision is horrible trying to make it better!

  6. Avatar for Sadiqtamanna Sadiqtamanna says:

    Your articles are instructive and informative and I keenly look forward to receiving more useful and helpful information.

  7. Avatar for lucid lucid says:

    I’m from China and get to know you from Google. I used to use some eye exercises, but i never stuck to it all the time. After visiting your website, I made my decision to buy, now cause I’m in China, it is a litter bit hard for me to get some closer contact with you, so it’s the best way that I keep on reading your articles everyday! I believe I can make it!

  8. Avatar for Mark Mark says:

    Yeah, I remember when I was 9 years old a bunch of frigging optometrists came to my school and tested all the kids’ eyesight. They found that instead of reading the 20 line from 20 feet, I had to take a step forward before I could read it. For this mortal sin of having the slightest degree of myopia I was prescribed glasses and my parents told I had to wear them forever. My insensitive father turned a deaf ear to all my protests and forced me to wear them at all times, sending me down the road of permanent visual deterioration; realistically screwing up my life. I had no chance to clear up a very minor problem by natural means.

    If today I could find those bastard optometrists again I would not hesitate to shoot them on the spot, and if the old man were alive would shoot him as well.

  9. Avatar for jijo jijo says:

    i have myopia…request assistance

  10. Avatar for Wreck Wreck says:

    hey.. I have myopia and my numbe is -2.00 and i am trying to improve my eyesight but it is even decreasing day by day.. Can you please suggest me something

  11. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Tyler Sorensen says:

    Hi Wreck,

    Sounds like you are a great candidate for our eye vitamins located on our home page. Check it out.

    To your vision — for life,


  12. Avatar for foureyes foureyes says:

    I wish I can buy, but sadly my parents won’t let me buy stuff on the internet. I have around -6.5 in each eye want to change that desperately. Is there any possibility that you will be selling it in stores?

  13. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Tyler Sorensen says:

    Hi Foureyes,

    Sorry to hear about your vision. The Ocu-Plus Formula is only sold through our website. This way we can keep the costs low and not have to go through any distributors.

    To your vision — for life,


  14. Avatar for Wiseguy Wiseguy says:

    To foureyes: Ask your parents to get a pre-paid debit card, available at convenient stores or gas stations. Pre-paid debit cards are not tied to any bank account, so if parents are concerned with internet thieves accessing banking information…this type card thwarts thieves. You can “load” the card with only the amount of the purchase, so after your purchase there’s nothing left for thieves to get. The card may cost $5 to $10 dollars…and there’s a charge each time you re-load money onto it…but that is cheap insurance to protect your banking info.

  15. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Tyler Sorensen says:

    Hi Wiseguy,

    Love the suggestion. We get this request quite a bit and have suggested this to many of our visitors.

    To your vision — for life,


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