Monday, August 6, 2007

EFPT... National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam month. The American Optometric Association recommends general eye exams be conducted at six months and three years of age, even if no symptoms exist. If the exam shows healthy vision, the next appointment should be made prior to the child entering first grade. AOA reports that those at higher risk are generally,

"Infants born prematurely, with low birth weight, or whose mother had rubella, venereal disease, AIDS-related infection or a history of substance abuse or other medical problems during pregnancy"

AOA offers free exams to those who qualify. If you have no vision insurance, live in a household with only one working member, have not had an eye exam within two years and live below an established income level, you may qualify. To see if you are eligible, call 1-800-766-4466 or click here.

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