When should my infant or toddler have their eyes examined?
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends three eye exams prior to your child starting first grade. The first exam should be done at 6-12 months to check for general eye health, unequal nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism and eye movement problems. This recommendation is supported by the American Public Health Association, which now recommends an exam for all infants at age 6 months. Your child should also have a comprehensive eye exam at age, and again before entering first grade, to make sure that his/her visual system is developing properly.