Sieda Family Support Services are observing Healthy Vision Month this May. Taking preventative steps to support your infants eye health can catch problems that may have otherwise gone undetected. Just as walking or talking is a developmental ability a child attains, so is the ability to develop vision.

Within the first month, infants develop from having difficulty focusing on objects farther than ten inches away to being able to focus on objects three feet in front of them. With such rapid development, it’s important to track your child’s development to make sure their vision is developing properly. Early detection is so important to avoid any developmental delays or future eye issues.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten.

If your infant is in need of an eye exam, programs such as InfantSEE provide eye exams that can screen for serious problems at no cost to you. Check your local listings to find your closest optometrist that can provide these services for your child.