The British Columbia Association of Optometrists (BCAO) and American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that children receive their first eye examination within the first year of life. According to the AOA, the percentage of school-aged children who have visual concerns is 25 percent, or one in every four children. Major optometric associations recommend that children have routine eye examinations.
What are the benefits of routine eye examinations? Routine eye examinations can rule-out sight threatening eye and health diseases or disorders. They can prove a preventive measure, as well as, a resource for monitoring health related issues.
Routine eye examinations can provide a baseline for which future eye health can be compared. The determination of an accurate prescription can result in comfortable, clear vision.
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