PEDIATRIC VISION EXAMS
Early eye exams for children are not just about vision. In the early months of an infants development, babies can only focus on objects that are close and only see high contrast colors such as black, white and red.
At around six months of age, visual acuity sharpens. It is at this time that a baby should have their first eye exam to ensure that their eyes are developing normally and are working together. After that, an annual eye exam is important as healthy vision is essential to a child’s ability to learn, play sports and other activities.
As with any doctor’s visit, kids might be scared to see an eye doctor. We are specially equipped to perform eye exams without making them intimidating. We use a calm and friendly approach and we make the tests fun. From special eye charts with pictures to super fast machines that take the guess work out of vision tests, we cater to kids.
During a child’s eye exam, the doctor can identify nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These are conditions that can be easily remedied with prescription glasses or even contacts in some cases. At a very early age, our optometrists can diagnose a condition called amblyopia or more commonly known as “lazy eye.” Treatment includes a corrective eye patch on the normal eye so it forces the weaker eye to work harder and improve. If diagnosed early enough, the better the chances a child will avoid wearing a patch when they are in grade-school.
WE CATER TO KIDS
We use a calm and friendly approach and we make the tests fun. From special eye charts with pictures to super fast machines that take the guess work out of vision testing, we cater to kids.
EXPLANATIONS FOR PARENTS
We take the time to talk to you about your child’s visual development, explain vision problems and explore treatment options.
AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
If your child’s vision problem is affecting school performance or behavior issues, we will work in cooperation with teachers, school nurses, psychologists, pediatricians and other professionals as directed by the parents. We provide a thorough written report of our findings.
SPECIAL VISION TESTING
When indicated based on the eye exam or other symptoms, our doctors will run specialized diagnostic tests as part of a binocular vision evaluation.
EYEGLASSES FOR THE YOUNGER SET
We have eyeglass frames that look cool and fit well, so kids actually love their glasses! We use durable products and safe polycarbonate lenses. Plus we have a great warranty program—but kids will be kids and we are always here to repair glasses when needed.
CONTACTS ARE OK FOR KIDS
Contact lenses have changed and they are safer and more convenient than ever, making them a great option for younger children. Disposable contacts take the worry out of losing lenses; we even fit lenses that are thrown away after each day of use!
Personal appearance and self-esteem are important factors in a child’s development and many kids are thrilled with the idea of not wearing glasses. Contacts are a great option for sports and other activities.