Only 18 percent of parents reported that their infant had received a comprehensive eye exam before age 1, in a survey conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA) in 2011.
The survey, which included responses from 1,000 American adults, also found that 61 percent were aware that lazy eye and 63 percent were aware that crossed eyes could be found in infants. But fewer than one-third knew that cancer, farsightedness and nearsightedness could also be found in an infant eye exam.
It’s important to begin treatment of such problems as early as possible, to prevent developmental delays and permanent vision problems, as well as life-threatening risks from eye cancers.
This is why the AOA recommends that all infants receive a comprehensive eye exam by 6 months of age.
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