Baby’s first Christmas, baby’s first step, baby’s first tooth… Parents love celebrating all those firsts with their new little one!
Did you know a baby should also have a first eye exam?
“Babies explore their world with their eyes,” explains Dr. Pete Kehoe, past president of the American Optometric Association and advocate of the public health program InfantSEE. “It’s important a baby’s eyes are checked to ensure healthy eyes and normal visual development. I’m thrilled to see Vision First and their Kids Eyes Count Campaign promote infant eye care.”
Cooper’s new parents couldn’t agree more. “Nothing is more important to me then protecting my child’s eyes,” said Cooper’s new mom, Cindy. “When you’re a mom, you see the world through the eyes of your child. Those eyes see and appreciate things that we adults take for granted. It’s great there are groups supporting the best in children’s eye care.”
Baby wellness check-ups by a pediatrician should not be confused with eye care by an eye doctor. Even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vision screenings for all children, parents need to know that a vision screening is not be a substitute for an eye examination. Vision screenings are limited. Only an eye doctor can identify vision problems and prescribe treatment.
The American Optometric Association recommends a baby’s first eye exam at 6 months of age. An optometrist will test for large or unequal amounts of refractive error, eye movement ability, and eye health.
“Babies are a pleasure to examine,” said Dr. Kehoe. “It’s great giving moms and dads the good news that their baby’s eyes are healthy and developing normally. The InfantSEE exam is the perfect opportunity to educate parents about a lifetime of healthy vision.”
To ensure all babies have their first eye exam before their first birthday, optometrists who are members of InfantSEE will provide one free eye appointment for all babies who are between 6 -12 months of age as a no-cost public service. Learn more about InfantSEE here…
Eye and vision problems are best detected and treated early. Thank you for your interest and support in bettering children’s eye care.
Follow three simple steps and be a part of the Kids Eyes Count Campaign:
- 3. KEEP eye care health and good vision habits a priority.
Learn how babies learn to see! Check out this great page from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) website here…
Check out this great page from the AOA’s website on infant’s vision here…
This post is the first of my new series called, “Members Making a Difference.” Look for a new special member each month. Enjoy!
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