June 15, 2011
Some optometrists believe an eye exam is vital to your child's health, even before they can read the chart on the wall.
Optometrists are urging parents to take their babies for an eye exam when they are between 6 and 12 months-- that's when vision development is most dramatic
The eye and the brain have to work together and they have to be stimulated, they have to actually see targets, and that's why it takes place in that first year of life is when the eyes actually get stimulated and start to work together.
In utero, that can't happen.
You need to actually have the external stimulation for that to occur.
The AOA is making sure that every infant in the United States gets a free comprehensive eye health and vision assessment through their new program InfantSee.
To find a doctor near you, click on the link below.