Eye Exams for School-Age Children

Eye Chart
source: firemind

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that children receive an eye exam at age 6 and then every two years during the school-age years. Parents can look for signs of child’s vision becoming impaired. Contact an optometrist if your child experiences the following signs of having vision problems:

  • Frequent eye rubbing or repeated blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Avoiding reading
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting head to one side
  • Holding books close to face
  • An eye turning in or out
  • Seeing double
  • Losing place when reading
  • Difficulty remembering what is read

 If your child has vision problems, when did they start?


  1. This is a good reminder. My kids are just 7 & 4, no trouble yet. But I started wearing glasses in the 4th grade, so I definitely plan to keep an “eye” on things!

  2. I also have a 7 and 4 year old and just made appointments for their eyes to be examined tomorrow. Perfect timing in our life, thanks!

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