I swear my son has x-ray vision. He knows when I am holding a container of puffs behind my back. So I’ve never questioned his vision. But I do know that his eye health, especially during the first year of his life, is vital. And considering I’ve had glasses since I was 8, I still worry that he may develop eye problems sooner rather than later.
Gavin’s doctor checks his vision at every well-baby visit. She does this with a penlight, looking at the eyes and then checking to see if our baby follows an object. And even though Gavin’s vision is fine right now, it’s estimated that one in 10 infants is at risk from undiagnosed eye problems.
Concerned about your child’s eye sight? Or maybe you’re just looking for some extra peace of mind by a vision care specialist? The public health program InfantSEE might be just what you are “looking” for! This program offers a free and comprehensive eye and vision assessment for babies from 6 months to 12 months.
Not sure your baby needs an exam? The American Optometric Association recommends that your baby’s eyes be checked at 6 months of age. If no problems exist, the next recommended visit (not free) would be at 3 years of age.
You can find a participating doctor by visiting the InfantSee website.