How often should I have an eye exam?
We recommend that patients have eye exams yearly. We feel it is important to point out that if it is recommended to go to the dentist every 6 months, it is recommended, for the health of your eyes, to have your eyes checked yearly.
Contact lenses are considered a medical devise and are required to be checked and updated on a yearly basis.
4 Signs your child may need vision correction:SQUINTING.
This act is a sign your child is compensating for poor vision. Squinting is like looking through a small hole. Looking through a small opening reduces the size of the blurred image on the back of the retina which temporarily improves vision.
TILTING OF THE HEAD.
This could be a sign that your child has a muscle imbalance or ( strabismus ). Your child could be having double vision when looking down or in a certain direction. Tilting the head maybe minimizing the double vision.SITTING TO CLOSE TO THE TELEVISION.
Your parents always told us not to sit so close to the television. Well you may have been trying to tell them something. Sitting to close or lowering your head while reading could be a sign of nearsightedness. Nearsighted people usually have clear vision looking at objects close to them and poor vision from a far. Moving closer to an object brings it into clear focal point and makes the image larger.COVERING OR CLOSING ONE EYE TO WATCH TV OR READ.
A child does this to compensate not seeing clearly out of one eye. By shutting off vision to the poorer vision eye allows the patient to see clearer. Covering one could be a sign of double vision caused by strabismus. An uncorrected vision problem can increase the child's risk of amblyopia. Amblyopia occurs in early childhood. When nerve pathways between the brain and an eye aren't properly stimulated, the brain favors the other eye.