Vision Check

Learn why it's particularly important for your kids to have regular eye exams.

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-Better? First one or second one, or about the same? -Better first. -Like most kids, 8-year-old Nate Harland gets his vision screened at school. But it's not the same as this comprehensive exam from an ophthalmologist. A complete eye exam checks the health of the eyes, visual acuity, proper eye alignment and muscle function, along with a test that show whether a child's vision needs correction. -Okay. You tell me what letter is after the 'A'. -'O'. -By doing some simple testing, and some very simple treatments, you can make a significant impact on someone's visual development that will have an effect that will last for the next eight years. -Dr. Ozzy Aaby says every child's eye should be examined at birth, and again between six months and one year of age. Also, around age three. A formal visual acuity test should be done before the age of five, and get him checked again at any sign of problems. -In the middle of the day, I get tired, and my eyes are bothering me a lot because they're red and sometimes they just bother me because they itch. -Kids won't always tell you that something's going on with their eyes. That's why parents need to watch for signs of change. -Does you child rub his eyes a lot? Do you see him squinting or leaning in while he's reading or doing homework? All can be signs of trouble. Children with uncorrected vision or eye-health problems face many barriers in life. But most problems can be corrected if you catch them early. -You can save someone's vision, literally. -Well, give me a big smile with that one on. That looks great. That's a great look in a pair of glasses on you. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.