At Layton Visual Center we encourage parents to include a trip to the optometrist on the list of well-baby check-ups. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure a baby has healthy vision for successful development-now and in the future. Your baby’s first visit to your doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye assessment should be scheduled between six and nine months of age. The optometrist will test for visual acuity, excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, evaluate eye alignment, and examine eye teaming ability.
The health of your baby’s eyes will be assessed as well. Although problems are not common, it is important to identify children who have specific risk factors at this stage. Vision development and eye health problems can be more easily corrected if treatment is begun early.