Since children should have eye exams at 6 months and 3 years of age, eye doctors have a number of eye exam methods and tools for kids who aren’t yet verbal or able to read the eye chart. But what happens when a doctor is volunteering away from their practice?
Dr. Phenny Kwan is a VSP provider who often volunteers on the VSP Mobile Eyes clinic to provide no-cost eye care for adults and children in need. In September, one of her patients through the clinic was a young child who was non-verbal. She took her time with his eye exam, pointing to each line on the eye chart and asking him to trace what he saw on her hand. By the end of the exam, his shyness had transformed into a smile and Dr. Kwan was able to tell his mother that his vision was perfect.
Since 80% of what we learn is through our eyes, routine eye exams can help to ensure your child is seeing clearly and ready to learn. Whatever your child’s age or ability, be sure to talk to your eye doctor about a recommended schedule for eye care throughout their school years.