Maybe you did not know that children who have undiagnosed vision problems may experience low self-esteem. Yes! These children may feel frustrated more easily, have difficulty concentrating on reading, feel ridiculous, have frequent headaches or rub their eyes until they are burned. But once their vision is corrected, children wearing glasses are erect and erect confidence, as long as their parents show a positive attitude and support.
Below we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about vision tests for children.
When should I give my child the first vision test?
The American Council for Vision recommends that all people periodically have a visual examination. These are the general guidelines to follow to ensure the visual health of your child, according to their age. Keep in mind that the programming of your child’s visual examination may be affected by other factors, including the child’s general health and his or her genetic predisposition to develop visual problems. Follow the recommendations of your visual health professional.
Children under 5 years : It is difficult to perform comprehensive vision exams in infants and preschool children. Even so, the American Optometric Association recommends that a visual examination be performed on a baby during its first 12 months of life. You and your eye health professional will know to better evaluate when it is indicated to perform a complete visual examination to your child.
School-age children and teens : Before your child begins the first grade, it is important to do a complete visual examination. The routine visual exam done by your pediatrician is not enough. The complete visual examination must be done by a visual health professional and must be repeated according to the program recommended by this professional.
How can I prepare my child for a visual examination?
Most people, especially children, fear the unknown more than when they know exactly what to expect. You will help reduce your child’s anxiety if you explain what will happen during your visual examination. It is useful to know the fears and concerns of your child to be able to treat them in advance. If you are too young to express your concerns, you can use a doll or stuffed animal to “represent” part of the procedure. Often this reveals fears that your child is not able to articulate.
- Comfort your child by letting him know that you will be there with him throughout the procedure.
- Make sure your child understands that the test is not a punishment, but a way to guarantee the healthiest vision possible.
- If your child is not that small and does not want you to be present during the procedure, he respects his desire. Privacy is important for teenagers and is something that should be protected.
Congratulations! You have taken the first step to ensure the visual health of your children.