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Children First: Eye exams important


Last fall Brenna Perryman's eyesight was fine, but her mother, Joy, says that all changed within a few months. "Mid-April she started saying that it was blurry to see out her left eye," said Joy.

The Perryman's found out that Brenna is nearsighted, and now that she wears glasses, it's all much clearer. "I like to color a lot, play outside with my friends, and I go over my friend Megan's house a lot," said Brenna. 

Doctor Eric Porisch says it's important for kids to get a regular eye exam to check for vision problems, the potential for a lazy eye, or the rare chance of eye disease. "If there is any of those conditions you try to nip them in the bud, if you will, and try to correct it earlier in their life when they're still moldable and malleable to treatment," said Porisch. 

The American Optometric Association suggests kids get their first exam between six months old to a year, then at ages three and five. After that, it's up to the doctor to determine how often he or she wants to examine a child. "Some kids are maybe every couple years if they're not needing any correction," said Porisch. "If you are a child that's in glasses or contacts lenses, then they probably want to get seen at least once a year, Porisch. 

Doctor Porisch says if conditions are left untreated in younger kids, it can lead to problems in school. "Parents are amazed to see the turnout in a child's behavior when they are able to see a little bit better," said Porisch. 

As for Brenna, she says going to the eye doctor gets easier every time. "Because then you have the stuff that you need and it's not so scary anymore," said Brenna. 

InfantSEE is a program for children six months to a year. Under this program, infants will get a comprehensive eye assessment for free.

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