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Why do you suggest getting the eyes tested at 6 months?

Clinical experience and research have shown that at 6 months, the average child has reached a number of critical developmental milestones, making this an appropriate age for the first eye and vision assessment. Many visual abilities are fully functioning by the age of 6 months. Interference with development during this very critical phase may lead to serious lifelong effects on vision. Successful treatment can be obtained more quickly with early intervention.

The good news about a trip to the optometrist is that there are no shots or cold stethoscopes.  While the doctor will be shining a light in the baby’s eyes, and may spray a mist on eyelids or use eye drops to dilate the baby’s pupils, many infants seem to enjoy the “games” they play as part of the professional assessment.

The mission of Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation is to expand eye care awareness, education and research and access to eye health and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life.

Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation supports VISION USA, InfantSEE, the Scholarship Fund, the National Optometry Hall of Fame, Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grants, the Archives & Museum of Optometry and Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief.

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