During your child's preschool years, be alert for signs that may suggest a vision development problem.
From birth through to toddler stage, your child has developed vision skills and learned how to see. This process is ongoing, and during the preschool period the development of visually guided eye-hand-body coordination, fine motor skills, and visual motor skills take place and contribute towards the ability to read.
During this time you should be alert for signs that may suggest a vision development problem: short attention span for the child's age, inadequate hand-eye coordination when ball playing or bike riding, and a tendency to avoid coloring, puzzles and other activities that require attention to detail.
Helping Your Preschooler
There are daily tasks you can do to help your child's vision develop as it should:
At about age 3, your child should have a comprehensive eye examination to check vision development and signs of eye disease. Your optometrist may, if necessary, prescribe eyeglasses and vision therapy to correct a vision condition that requires immediate attention.
A comprehensive eye examination for a toddler can be a daunting prospect. Experts suggest the following to ensure the examination is a positive and not a frightening experience:
Your child's next eye examination should be around age 5, at which your eye care practitioner can compare the two examination results and tell you if your child's vision development is on track for the school years.