Between the age of 3 and 5, children should receive another eye care checkup. In this eye exam, doctors check the alignment of the eyes as well as refractive errors2. And should any problems be found, doctors can begin treatment or prescribe corrective glasses.
According to the American Optometric Association, “Childhood vision disorders can hinder kids’ development, school performance, social interactions and self-esteem.” And as children progress through school, the demands on their vision increase3. Yet in the Philippines, 82% of parents reported that their children’s first eye exam was at age 7 or older.
Eye Care for All
It’s not too late. Regular eye care exams are as necessary as other health checkups. And they can help in the early detection of disease as well as the correction of vision problems for both children and adults.
Today, Filipinos may neglect eye care, but the future can still be a healthy one. Have your eyes checked regularly, especially if you are overweight or obese, suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure, or if you have a family history of eye disease4.
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