Many parents come to see us with their children who have myopia and are surprised it wasn’t caught earlier. Often we hear their child had a vision screening at school or at a pediatrician and passed, so they are surprised when they find their child has myopia (nearsightedness). Vision screenings are a great tool, but did you know up to 11% of children who pass a vision screening have a vision issue that requires treatment?

Comprehensive eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist are critical for a complete view of a child’s vision needs and eye health. Vision screenings are not a replacement for an comprehensive eye exam. The American Optometric Association recommend that each child have a comprehensive eye exam every 2 years, or annually if the eye doctor recommends it. With 25% of children now nearsighted, and the risk of eye disease associated with higher levels of nearsightedness, this is more important than ever.

Below is a great infographic that explains the difference between a vision screening and an eye exam, and reinforces the importance of early comprehensive eye exams for children.
Infographic: Eye Exams