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Don’t Be Shortsighted With These 12 Facts About Children’s Vision


2. Preparing For an Early Eye Exam

WebMD talks about eye exams for children that are 1-year or even younger, noting a doctor will check for nearsightedness, farsightedness (when they can see far away but struggle with objects close to them), astigmatism (misshaped eye causing focusing problems), and amblyopia (1-eye stronger than the other). The doctor will also look at how your child’s eyes move, their alignment, and how they react to changes in light, adds the source.

For older kids (ages 3-to 5), there will be a physical exam of the eyes as well as vision screening tests including eye charts, pictures, or letters, adds WebMD. There’s also another test called the “tumbling E game” to test for visual acuity, used if the child cannot yet read.

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