Pediatric Eye Exam

Though a baby's eyes are checked at birth, it is a good idea to schedule an eye examination for your baby. While the AOA recommends that children be checked at six months of age, your pediatrician will help you determine when an appropriate first visit is for your child.

An infant eye examination is similar to that performed on adults. The doctor evaluates the baby’s medical history, vision, eye muscles and eye structures. The doctor will observe how the baby focuses, and whether or not both eyes are being used together as a team. At this age, the doctor will also check to make sure there are no diseases such as congenital cataracts or other eye problems, and will determine whether nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism is present.