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Why Pediatric Eye and Ear Exams Are Important

Pediatric eye and ear exams may not seem like a main priority for your child’s health, but they’re just as vital for kids as they are for adults. Find out why now.

February 06, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

Pediatric eye and ear exams are an important part of your child’s doctor visits for a number of reasons, but less than 15% of preschool children get their eyes checked and less than 22% get a vision exam in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Although many think older people are more prone to hearing and vision problems, children need the same attention to care as they do.

Click the photos below to find out why it’s so important to take your child for eye and ear exams.

Exams Are Critical
for Development


It’s important to take your child for regular ear and eye exams, as these aid in their overall development. Children should start to get a hearing test done at one month old, or they can get a full hearing test at three months old. They should also get vision exams starting from newborn age to three months old. Both tests should be continued throughout their childhood.


Many Hearing or Vision
Problems Start Early


One out of four cases of hearing loss in children is because of infections during pregnancy, and one out of two cases is due to genetics. Many vision problems need to be treated right away for young children, so it’s essential to get them checked as soon as possible.


Screenings Are Not Equal
to Exams


Eye and ear screenings can bring problems to light, but they can’t diagnose them. It is necessary to then get a comprehensive dilated eye and ear exam to find out if your child suffers from eye diseases or hearing problems.


Doctors Can Help
Clear Up Symptoms


There are specific signs and symptoms your child can show that may indicate hearing or vision loss, such as delayed speech or lack of focus. Your child’s doctor will be able to tell if something is off with your child’s eye or ear health that you may have missed. Don’t be afraid to ask your child’s doctor questions to clear up anything that might be on your mind.


Exams Can Lead to
Necessary Services


If your child has a hearing or vision problem and it’s found early enough, he or she can start intervention services that will help him or her get the right treatment to manage the condition.


Eye and ear exams are important for your children’s overall well-being, but don’t forget to take them to their recommended dental checkups and regular physicals as well!



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“Hearing Loss,” Centers for Disease Control. Accessed November 7, 2016.

“Healthy Vision,” Centers for Disease Control. Accessed November 8, 2016.

“Vision Loss Fact Sheet,” Centers for Disease Control. Accessed November 9, 2016.

“Keep an Eye on Your Vision Health,” Centers for Disease Control. Accessed November 10, 2016.

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