Timeline for Eye Exams

Wondering when you should schedule an eye exam for your child?

It is recommended that every child have their first eye exam prior to their first birthday, typically 6 to 9 months of age. This is especially important for higher risk children. Children who were born premature, have health concerns, or have a family history of ocular or vision problems. This is because vision affects development. If you missed scheduling that first recommended eye exam it's not too late.

Call us at 208-900-3336​ to book an appointment. Our doctors can update your child's health record with your primary care physician or pediatrician, and ensure that your child's vision and ocular health is under the care of pediatric vision experts.

Just like regular visits to the pediatrician and dentist, it is important that your child receive regularly scheduled vision care. Children with uncorrected vision or ocular health conditions face many barriers in life – developmentally, academically, socially, and athletically. Specialized pediatric vision care at Artisan Pediatric Eyecare can address uncorrected vision or ocular health conditions and help your child achieve their full potential.

 

Visual Skills

In addition the visual acuity (clarity of distance and near vision) the pediatric vision specialists at Artisan Pediatric Eyecare assess the age-appropriate visual skills required for learning and mobility:

  • Binocular Vision
  • Color Vision
  • Congenital Disorders
  • Depth Perception
  • Eye Teaming
  • Focusing
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Ocular Health
  • Peripheral Vision
  • Tracking

 

The younger the child, the more difficult it can be for parents to identify a vision problem. Very young children are unable to describe a vision problem. Slightly older children can be unaware of a vision problem, assuming everyone sees as they do. Even teenagers may have difficulty verbalizing symptoms, especially if symptoms are intermittent. That's why it is so important to have regular eye exams with residency trained pediatric vision specialists.

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