Keeping Baby’s Eyes Healthy From The StartAndrea Howe
While I usually write about food and wellness in my column here, I couldn’t help but share another topic concerning our overall health – our eyes! I’ve been wearing glasses since I was in the third grade, and my prescription has grown quite severe over the years, so much so that I can’t read the alarm clock unless it’s shoved in my face each morning. Bad eyesight has made me extra diligent about maintaining yearly eye visits, and when I visited my optometrist earlier in the month, he encouraged me to bring my infant son in for his first exam. When he informed me the cost would be covered under the InfantSEE program, I figured we had nothing to lose.
The exam is over and done within just a few moments, and is completely non-invasive. In fact, as you can see, my 16 month old actually quite enjoyed it. The exam is recommended for infants age 6 months to 12 months old, and checks for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatisms, as well as eye movement ability and any other eye health problems. While eye health problems such as these are more rare in infants, it can still occur and is better to identify them early on, as early intervention is the best treatment.
Our optometrist simply pointed a couple of lighted instruments at his eye, checked a couple of things and the exam was done. It really couldn’t have been easier, and was well worth piece of mind that my baby’s eyes were healthy.
To find an optometrist in your area which offers this fast and painless eye exam free of charge, visit the InfantSEE website. InfantSEE is American Optometric Association’s public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care from an early age.