Children Eye Checkup

Children's eyes need to be checked regularly for signs of health conditions. In a vision screening, the child is checked for the presence of eye issues and if required, asked to visit an eye doctor. This screening can be done by a pediatrician, family physician or an ophthalmologist himself/herself.

A newborn’s eyes should be tested for basic indicators of health of eyes. The testing may comprise blink and pupil response and red reflux. Red reflux is a test where a red light is shone into the eyes to see if each eye returns a reflux. In case of prematurity, an eye doctor should check the baby’s eyes. If there are signs of eye disease or a family history of childhood disease, tests should be done to find out if the baby has the condition.

In the first year of life, eyes should be tested a second time.

Then between 12 and 36 months, normal development of eyes should be checked. A photo screening test may be done that involves a camera taking snaps of your child’s eyes. These snaps are helpful in determining if any issues exist that can lead to lazy eye.

Between 3-5 years of age, the vision and eye alignment testing should be done. As soon as the child can read, visual acuity should be checked. There are many people who are just about farsighted but can see things at distance. Most of such children will not need eyeglasses or other form of vision correction. You should have your eye doctor look at your child for presence of misaligned eyes, lazy eye, refractive errors, or another problem related to focusing of the eyes. The treatments for these conditions should begin as soon as possible as it is the best thing you can do to protect your child’s eyes.

At 5 years of age, visual acuity and alignment of eyes should be checked again. Nearsightedness is one of the most common problem that occurs in this age. An eye doctor will examine your child’s eyes for presence of misaligned eyes or symptoms of other eye issues. Children who are undergoing growth hormone therapy should get their eyes tested before and during the treatment.

Why Sundar Hospital?

Sundar hospital has a dedicated team of doctors and other staff that have years of training and enormous experience in the field. We diagnose the problem, treat, and prevent it for the aid of the patient. A patient has the best chance at getting their vision back with the help of doctors at Sundar Hospital, Chennai.