Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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Mansfield, MA


The Importance Of Vision Screening For Infants

Undetected vision problems can affect children in every aspect of their lives. Even as an infant, poor vision can affect a child’s behavior, learning and development, and much more.

According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at the age of six months. Unfortunately, 85 percent of America’s preschoolers don’t receive their first eye exam until age five. Studies also found that five to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Coincidence? We don’t think so.

Early Detection Is Key

Early detection, even when symptoms are not apparent, will improve your child’s quality of life. Even to the most observant parent, certain vision problems aren’t always obvious and can only be detected through a comprehensive eye exam.

Vision problems can manifest themselves many ways. Take the viral sensation, baby Piper, as an example! Piper’s parents said she was struggling to meet certain milestones normal for her age, such as crawling. The pediatrician recommended an eye exam and the optometrist discovered that Piper was farsighted. Her reaction to seeing clearly for the first time is heartwarming:

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Whether your child is exhibiting symptoms of poor vision or not, get them to an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam as early as six months. They may need glasses, or other corrective treatments, just like Piper did!

Be On The Lookout For Signs

Although you should take your infant for an eye exam as early as six months regardless of whether or not they exhibit symptoms of poor eyesight, here are a few signs you should be on the lookout for as a parent:

  • Crossed eyes
  • Inability to focus well on objects
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Family history of serious eye problems
  • Excessively watery or red eyes

Whether symptoms are present or not, get your child on the right track for vigilant, lifelong eye health as early as possible.

Healthy Vision, Happy Baby

Piper is just one of the many infants that has benefited from her parents’ decision to take her to the optometrist for an in-depth eye exam. Early detection of vision problems is crucial because children are more responsive to treatment when they are young. If caught early, most eye conditions can be corrected. Just like Piper, we want your child to have the vision they deserve. Make your child a happy baby. Give them the gift of clear vision and healthy eyes!

Thank you for reading our blog and being a valued patient and friend.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

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