You hear all the time about the importance of routine pediatrician checkups and taking your child to the dentist, but you rarely hear about the importance of eye exams, particularly for cranio kids. Cranio kids are at a much higher risk for eye issues and, if caught early, can be treated.
Here is the recommendation from the American Optometric Association (AOA): infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6.
Here is a list of dr that give FREE exams for babies under 1 year old: www.infantsee.org
I also suggest, for children that are old enough to communicate, have them close one eye at a time and ask them if things look fuzzy. I never thought to ask Logan this simple question before, but when we found out about his eye issue he told us he knew he couldn't see out of his right eye, it's always been that way.
I was brought up that you only did the vision test at school & only if you failed that did you go to an eye doctor. Logan had an eye exam at 4 months old. His eyes tracked great and the ophthalmologist said his eyesight was good. Over the past 4 years Logan has shown no problems with his vision. Both eyes track great, he can read letters from far away, doesn't trip over things, never complains about headaches, etc. He even PASSED the vision screening test at the pediatrician's office. At age 4.5 I took him for a routine eye exam and discovered he has very low vision in his right eye, it's 20/500. If I had taken him earlier, we could have caught it before it got this bad.
I'm not posting this to scare anyone, I just want you to learn from my mistakes. If you catch eye issues early in children then you have an opportunity to reverse the damage or prevent the vision from getting worse.
That is the end of my PSA