Regular comprehensive eye exams are critical to protecting your sight. Typical vision problems you’ll be screened for include simple refractive issues like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (irregular conformation of the cornea), and age-related presbyopia (inability to see at close distances).
Jeffery C. Hinson, MD
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Macon, GA 31201
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Why are regular eye exams important?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
When should my child's vision be tested?
It is recommended that all children have their vision checked by their pediatrician, family physician or ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) at or before their fourth birthday.
Most physicians test vision as part of a child’s medical examination. They may refer a child to an ophthalmologist if there is any sign of eye problems.
New techniques are available to test vision in infants and young children. If there is a family history of misaligned eyes, childhood cataracts or a serious eye disease, an ophthalmologist should examine the eyes during infancy.
When should my child start getting regular eye exams?
All children should undergo an evaluation to detect eye and vision abnormalities during the first few months of life, at 6 months to 1 year, at 3 to 4 years, and at 5 years (approximately). Abnormalities present at birth, such as opacities of the ocular media (e.g., congenital cataract) or ptosis, may have profound effects on the development of the normal vision in the infant. By age 3 1/2, the child will generally cooperate enough for fairly accurate assessment of visual acuity and ocular alignment, and he or she should have this assessed by a pediatrician or other medical practitioner. Any abnormalities or inability to test are criteria for referral to an ophthalmologist. Infants at high risk, such as those with the potential for retinopathy of prematurity and those with a family history of retinoblastoma, childhood cataracts, childhood glaucoma, or metabolic and genetic disease, should have a medical examination by an ophthalmologist as soon as medically feasible.
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