Get Your Child’s Vision Checked

The Basics
Get your child’s vision checked by age 6, even if there aren’t any signs of eye problems.

Take Action!
Make a list of any eye problems in your family. Take that list to your child’s doctor appointment.

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The Basics

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It’s important for all children to have their vision checked at least once between ages 3 and 5. Even if children don’t show signs of eye problems, they still need their vision checked. Finding and treating eye problems early on can save a child’s sight.

Healthy eyes and vision are very important to a child’s development. Growing children constantly use their eyes, both at play and in the classroom.

What are common eye problems in children?
These common eye problems can be treated if they are found early enough:

Other conditions — like being nearsighted or farsighted — can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Conditions like these are called refractive errors.

Is my child at risk for vision problems?
If your family has a history of childhood vision problems, your child may be more likely to have eye problems. Talk to the doctor about eye problems in your family.

Eye exams are part of regular checkups.
The doctor will check your child’s eyes during each checkup, beginning with your child’s first well-baby visit.

Around age 3 or 4, the doctor will do a more complete eye exam to make sure your child's vision is developing normally. If there are any problems, the doctor may send your child to an eye doctor.

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Follow these steps to protect your child’s vision.

Talk to your child’s doctor.
Ask the doctor or nurse if there are any problems with your child’s vision.

If the doctor recommends a visit to an eye care professional:

What about cost?
Under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, health insurance plans must cover vision screening for kids.

For information about other services for children that are covered by the Affordable Care Act, visit

If you don’t have health insurance, check these websites for free or low-cost eye care programs for children.

Look out for problems.
Schedule an eye exam for your child if you see signs of an eye problem, like if your child’s eyes:

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Protect your child’s eyes.

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Help develop your child’s vision.
It takes skill to match up what we see with what we want to do — like when we want to bounce a ball or read a book.

Here are some activities that can help your child develop vision skills:

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