Your child's best eye care therefore begins early. Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling eye examinations for your child at ages 1, 3 and 5. Dr. Michelle May volunteers in a public health program called InfantSEE®. Under this program, she provides a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service.
While vision screenings at school and the pediatrician’s office are important, they are not a substitute for comprehensive eye exams by a licensed eye doctor. Thorough eye and visual health examinations are important for ensuring proper development. At Advanced Family Vision Care we are able to use a variety of testing methods for children that do not require verbal feedback, ensuring the accuracy of our evaluation.
After beginning school, we recommend a vision test prior to the beginning of each school year. Children often do not complain about having blurred vision and vision screenings at school are not sufficient as a basis for diagnosing vision problems. A comprehensive exam may find a visual problem missed during screenings, and your eye doctor can recommend treatment. Early detection and treatment will help reduce the need for more invasive eye care later in life. Some problems, like amblyopia (or “lazy eye”), can be detected and addressed at a young age before becoming more serious issues.
Some signs that your child might be developing a problem associated with their vision are:
Children suffering from uncorrected vision problems may face many barriers in life - socially, academically, and athletically. Make sure your child's vision is developing well.
A comprehensive eye exam includes testing and evaluation of visual skills (function, performance, etc). In the absence of complete testing, common pediatric vision problems can go undetected, and, in some cases, can be misdiagnosed as a learning disability or behavioral problem.
Many school eye or vision screenings test only one of the visual skills listed below -- that is, Acuity-Distance (clarity of sight in the distance, 20/20 eyesight as measured by the standard Snellen eye chart).
At Advanced Family Vision Care your child's comprehensive eye examination includes testing of the following visual skills, ALL of which are important aspects of normal, healthy human vision.
Based on her findings from the comprehensive eye exam Dr. Michelle May might recommend specialized testing which would include:
Remember: an eye exam that tests distance vision only is NOT an adequate evaluation of a child's visual development. The visual skills listed above contribute significantly to a child's success with reading and school achievement.
Below are some common pediatric visual conditions which are not detected through the 20/20 eye chart test alone:
Scheduling a free comprehensive eye assessment for your infant between 6 and 12 months of age is easy. Simply call Advanced Family Vision Care at and ask to schedule an InfantSEE® exam. Dr. Michelle May is excited to offer this no-cost public service to Gambrills, Odenton, Crofton, Millersville, Severn, Severna Park and its surrounding Maryland communities.
Ensure the health of your child's eyes and contact our office to schedule a pediatric eye examination. We will gladly answer any of your questions and provide you with the best treatment options available to you and your child.
InfantSEE is a program that provides free eye exams for infants age 6 to 12 months. Dr. Michelle May is a proud provider for the InfantSEE® program. Call to schedule your InfantSEE exam today.
"study has shown that uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia) in preschool children is associated with significantly worse performance on a test of early literacy."
Your child may feel curious, excited, or even nervous about their upcoming eye exam. This wonderful children's e-book explains what happens during the pediatric vision exam. Download e-book or PDF version for free.