If you notice that your child is suffering from some of the symptoms of vision problems, you may decide to test your child's eyes at home. Testing your child's eyes at home is not a substitute for a pediatric ophthalmologist's eye exam; however, a home test can help determine if you need to make an appointment for your child.
Follow these steps to test your child's eyesight at home.
If your child wears glasses, be sure to have him or her wear them during testing. It is important that your child maintains his or her normal level of vision to get accurate test results.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the meaning of the test's results will vary according to your child's age.
You should be able to tell which line your child can read using the labels on the side of the vision chart.
If you find that your child's results are not normal for his or her age, make an appointment with a pediatric eye doctor, or ophthalmologist. Testing your child's eyes at home is a great way to gauge his or her vision, but it should never replace a trip to the ophthalmologist. A pediatric ophthalmologist will not only test your child's vision, but also your child's eye health.