Glasses Can Help Even Young Children
When should a child get his or her first pair of glasses? When he or she needs them, and that may be as young as a few months of age.
Healthcare providers who specialize in children's eye care say kids usually become near- or farsighted between ages 6 and 12. Farsightedness may be diagnosed even earlier, sometimes in infancy. Even infants can wear glasses if they need help to see well.
Experts agree that all children should have an eye screening before they enter school. Your pediatrician will screen infants and young children, and refer you to a pediatric eye care professional if needed. The PIH Health Eye Care team examines and treats children 7 years and older.
The American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby's first eye exam around 6 to 12 months of age. InfantSEE® is a public health program managed by Optometry Cares® and is designed to ensure that eye and vision care is an essential part of infant wellness care. Under the InfantSEE program, participating doctors of optometry provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age free of charge regardless of income or insurance coverage. See https://infantsee.org/ for more information.
Eyeglasses for children
If your child is old enough, let them play an active role in choosing their own glasses. Think about the features below when buying eyeglasses for children:
- Shatterproof and impact resistant lenses, especially for children who play sports
- Scratch-resistant coating on the lenses
- Spring-loaded frames that are less likely to be bent or warped
- Silicone nose pads that prevent glasses from slipping
- Ear pieces that wrap around the ear (cable temples) are recommended for children under 4 years. Straps may also be recommended to hold the glasses in place.
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