We all know that changing and diminished vision are a normal part of aging. But even children can experience changing vision, highlighting the importance of kids receiving routine eye exams. The frequency of eye exams depends on a child’s age and condition of his or her eyesight. The American Optometric Association has established guidelines to help parents know when to get their youngsters’ vision checked.

Birth to 2 years. Children in this age group who are asymptomatic or at low risk of developing eye conditions should have their eyes examined sometime between six and 12 months of age. Kids who may be at risk should adhere to the same schedule, though exams for at-risk children may need to be conducted more frequently.

3 through 5 years. Children between the ages of three and five years old at low risk of developing eye conditions should be examined at least once between their third and fifth birthdays. The same goes for kids who are at risk, though doctors may recommend more frequent examinations.

6 through 18 years. Whether at risk of eye conditions or not, children between the ages of six and 18 years old should have their eyes examined before first grade and annually thereafter. At-risk youngsters may need more frequent examinations as they age.

Eye examinations are an important component of childhood healthcare. By adhering to the above guidelines, parents can ensure that any vision problems in their children are quickly caught and treated. To schedule an eye exam for your child at a location near you, visit Eye Care Vision Associates at www.ecvaeyecare.com or call 716-631-EYES (3937).