Having your child's eyes and vision examined by an optometrist or ophthalmologist early in their visual development is the best way to assess possible health issues before they become more serious. This is why it is encouraged that parents not wait until their children report a vision problem to see a vision specialist. Visual skills continue to develop throughout childhood but are more easily treated the earlier they are detected. With some visual skills reaching full development at about 5 years of age, correction after this point can become more difficult. Therefore it is vital for parents to schedule regular eye examinations as recommended by their pediatrician, their eye care professional and the American Optometric Association.