FREE SCREENINGS with some optometrists are available for infants ages 6-12 months. Go to www.infantsee.org for details and an optometrist listing. There is also a three-year old free screening that most optometrists perform. Go to www.seetolearn.com for details and an optometrist listing.
Here are some various points made in the presentation:
- Don't be overly concerned if your baby still crosses eyes up to the age of six months. If continuing to do so past six months, should probably have his eyes checked.
- Hats are recommended over sunglasses to keep the sun out of babies' and toddlers' eyes.
- Color vision testing isn't very accurate until age five.
- By 3rd grade, kids shouldn't be mixing up their "p", "b" and "d". If they are, it might be vision related.
- Also around 3rd grade, is when vision problems MIGHT start to cause problems with academic success at school.
Andrea said, the best thing we can do is look for symptoms in our children from the list below and have regular eye exams. This is a scanned image of the back of a brochure she handed out from Wichita Vision Development Center (her optometry office).
Symptoms of Vision Problems
Andrea shared three websites to go to for more on vision:
www.childrensvision.com, site for the group Andrea works for
www.covd.org, College of Cptometrists and Vision Development
www.oepf.org, Optometric Extension Program Foundation