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Pediatric Eye Exam

Pediatric Eye Exam

As a parent, you may wonder whether your pre-schooler has a vision problem or when a first eye exam should be scheduled.

Eye exams for children are extremely important. Experts say 5 to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.

KID FRIENDLY, PARENT APPROVED

Our caring eye doctors and staff will help ensure that your child’s has a good eye exam experience. For parents, our convenient hours and locations make it easy protect your child’s eyes to keep your child’s eyes healthy through regular examination.

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

Our optometrists and staff care about kids! We feel it’s important to be involved in our community, and provide vision screens, vision programs and education at our local schools. Catching vision problems early helps ensure a lifetime of healthy vision.

EARLY DETECTION

Youth does not guarantee eye health, Experts say as many as 10% of preschool students and 25% of school-aged students have vision problems. Early detection, especially since many childhood vision problems have long-term consequences if left untreated, is the best chance of future eye health.

When should kids have their eyes examined?

Experts with the American Optometric Association recommend that infants should have an initial eye exam by the time they are 6 months old. In addition, further eye exams are recommended at 3 years old, just before they start kindergarten or first grade, and again at age 5 or 6.

Further guidelines state that children in school should have an eye exam every 2 years after the initial one if no vision correction is required. Those who need eyeglasses should receive annual examinations, or more often if recommended by their eye doctor.

The importance of good vision in education cannot be understated. Some states require that all children have their eyes examined before they start school, so that they can enjoy all the benefits of their education.  The following basic visual skills are vital for learning:

  • Near vision
  • Distance vision
  • Eye teaming (binocularity) skills
  • Eye movement skills
  • Focusing skills
  • Peripheral awareness
  • Eye/hand coordination

When to Schedule Your Child’s Exam

Generally, your child’s primary care physician will be the first person to examine your child’s eyes. If any eye issues are found or suspected, your provider may refer your child to an ophthalmologist or optometrist for further evaluation. Eye doctors have specific equipment and training to help them detect and diagnose potential vision problems.

Specifics of how eye exams are conducted depend on your child’s age, but an exam generally will involve a case history, testing for general vision and eye alignment, determination of whether eyeglasses are needed, evaluation of eye health, and consultation with parents. When scheduling an eye exam, be sure to pick a time when your child is likely to be rested and in a good mood.

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