At what age should my child first visit the eye doctor?

The American Optometric Association recommends that your child should have his or her first eye exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist between 6 months of age and 1 year. The doctor will check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, amblyopia (or “lazy eye”), proper eye movement and eye alignment, how the eye reacts to light and darkness, and other eye health problems.They also recommend that your child’s next eye exam should take place sometime between the ages of 3 and 5, and then every year after that. During these exams, the doctor will conduct a comprehensive eye exam as well as vision screening tests.