When should your baby have their first eye exam? Between 6-12 months of age!
What do we test on a baby and how do we do it?
We check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism as well eye movement abilities, eye alignment and teaming, and overall health of the eyes. We use large cards with high-contrast pictures, specialized lights, hand-held equipment that allows us to evaluate both vision and eye health, and fun toys too!
Problems with vision or eye health in babies are rare, but early detection and treatment of any visual issues is very important so that your baby has the opportunity to develop all of the visual abilities they need to grow, learn, and thrive. We can detect the need for glasses, although rare, and prescribe and fit lenses if necessary. We can also detect the presence of strabismus (eye turn) or risk for amblyopia (“lazy eye”) as well as ocular health conditions like a blocked tear duct.
How can you prepare for your baby’s first eye exam?
Schedule a visit with us during a time when your baby is typically awake and alert, trying to avoid their usual nap times (we understand this is not always predictable for these little ones!). Bring toys they like, a lovie, snacks, or a bottle if they take one. They’ll sit on your lap during their visit with us, and don’t be surprised if we ask you to play our eye and vision “games” to show them that it is safe and fun!
InfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, we provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age free of charge regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage. Call us at (425) 276-0388 to schedule an appointment for your baby!