Services for Children
Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life … academically … socially … and athletically. High-quality eye care can break down these barriers and help enable your children to reach their highest potential. (source aoa.org). Vision doesn’t just happen. A child’s brain learns how to use eyes to see, just like it learns how to use legs to walk or a mouth to form words. The longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more a child’s brain learns to accommodate the vision problem (and more permanent it becomes). Experts say that 80% of what children learn in school is presented visually. This is why good vision is essential for children of all ages to reach their full academic potential.
A comprehensive eye examination is very important for children and the doctors at Crookston Eye Clinic see children of all ages. The InfantSee (www.infantsee.org) program provides a free, one-time screening for babies 6-12 months of age (if concerns arise, babies can be seen at any age). The American Optometric Association recommends that children have an eye exam at 6months, 3 years old and before starting school. School aged children should have an eye exam every 1-2 years. Even though vision screenings are completed at school, these do not replace a comprehensive eye exam.