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Children’s Eye Exams at Dunn Loring Eye Care in Vienna

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Clear Vision is Essential for Learning

Clear vision and learning go hand in hand, which is why we offer eye exams for children. A regular eye exam is essential to make sure your child’s vision is developing properly and to catch issues that could impede their learning.

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When Should Your Child Have an Eye Exam?

During childhood, there are a few key ages where your child should have an eye exam to ensure proper visual development and ocular health. You should book an appointment for your child at the following ages:

  • 6 months old
  • 3 years old
  • 5 or 6 years old, prior to starting school

Before your child starts school, it is important to detect any eye issues that could interfere with their learning. After your child begins school, they should have an eye exam at least every 2 years.

If your child wears glasses, contact lenses, has any ocular health issues, or a family history of vision or eye problems, your child should visit their optometrist once a year. Behaviors like delayed motor development, excessive eye rubbing or blinking, and the inability to keep eye contact could be signs of vision problems. If you notice these symptoms in your child, book an appointment right away.

How Children’s Eye Exams Work

Children’s eye exams, are tailored for their age and ability, using different techniques than we use for adults. Children don’t need to know the alphabet or be able to talk in order to have an eye exam. Instead of using an eye chart with letters, we use methods like pattern detection and pictures to make sure your child is seeing properly.

Children’s eye exams typically take an hour, so try to make the appointment during a time of day when your child is alert and happy. The exam will include an eye health assessment, vision testing, and eye alignment analysis. We’ll also discuss your child’s medical history during the exam, as well as any family history of eye diseases.

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Our Dunn Loring office is conveniently located on Avenir Place, across the street from Harris Teeter, and next to the Dunn Loring metro station.


2672L Avenir Place
Vienna, VA 22180

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Phone: (703) 297-4137
Fax: 703.207.3429
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