While school screenings are reasonably effective at identifying weakness in distance vision, they routinely miss near vision problems, problems with coordinating eyes together and adjusting distance vision tasks and close work. And of course, school screenings are not designed to detect eye health or color vision problems.
All children should have a complete eye examination conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist before they begin first grade. If a problem is suspected or there is a strong history of amblyopia (“lazy eye”) in the family, they should be seen as soon as possible, no matter their age.
At the Eyecare Center of Leesburg, we love seeing children ages 2 and above but we are also happy to discuss your younger child’s eyes and refer to one of our colleagues who specializes in working with younger children if appropriate.