You can get free comprehensive vision and eye exams for children under age of one through InfantSee, a program that provides comprehensive vision exams for children 6 months up to 1 year of age. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure your child has healthy vision for successful development.
- Search for doctors anywhere in the Seattle area who support InfantSee.
Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6 months. Things that the Optometrist will test for include:
- excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- eye movement ability
- eye health problems
These problems are not common, but it is important to identify children who have them at this young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.
InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. This program is designed especially to help families who don’t have vision insurance, but also don’t qualify for public assistance to have their baby’s eyes checked. Read more about the program here.