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InfantSee Exams and Children
Dr. Nelson volunteers in the national "InfantSee" program to provide no-cost exams for all infants age 6 - 12 months of age. Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby's first eye assessment at 6 months. Eye problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early. Testing will look for excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Eye movement ability, alignment and eye health problems are also evaluated.
For children, comprehensive eye exams can play an important role in normal development. Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see often have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don't know what "normal" looks like. If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, a comprehensive eye exam can rule out an underlying visual cause.
"The American Optometric Association guidelines recommend that all children have a complete vision and eye health examination at the age of 6 months, 3 years, upon entering kindergarten, and routine vision care every year thereafter throughout their school years." (http://www.aoa.org)