At Advanced Eyecare, we are pleased to provide optometry services for the entire family.
We recommend a thorough in office examination between the ages of three and five. It is important to note that a vision screening by a child’s pediatrician or school is not the same as a comprehensive eye examination by a doctor of optometry.
Vision screenings are limited and passing a vision screening can give parents a false sense of security. They are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. They may miss as many as 60% of children with vision problems. For this reason, you should schedule yearly examinations to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that he or she can see clearly. With the technology available at Advanced EyeCare, a child doesn’t have to know the alphabet or how to read to have an eye examination.
Young children especially will not voice complaints about their eyes. Pay attention to these symptoms because they can indicate vision problems in children.
- Rubbing the eyes
- Excessive blinking
- Frequent squinting
- Regular headaches
- Shutting one eye to focus or covering an eye
- Sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Avoiding detailed activities like coloring and puzzles.
- Difficulty with eye-hand coordination
What should I do if I’m concerned about my child’s vision?
Any time you think your child is having vision trouble, it is important for you to schedule an appointment. At that appointment, our team will check more than just vision acuity. We monitor eye focusing, tracking and teaming as well as visual perception.If any of these are not functioning properly, a child will have to work harder to learn. Early detection can make the solution much easier than it would be if you were to wait and allow the problem to develop. We can offer a tailored treatment for your child’s specific vision issues with eyeglasses, specialty contact lenses like myopia control and at home vision therapy.
We want all of our patients to be comfortable in our office. We do everything we can to ensure that your child’s visit goes smoothly too. Here are a few tips to make your child’s eye examination a positive experience.
- Make an appointment early in the day and plan for about an hour.
- Talk about the appointment in advance and encourage questions.
- Please reassure your child no shots are ever given in this doctor’s office!
We do recommend drops especially for first timers and with certain prescription types but to keep the experience as positive as possible we have alternatives available.
Our entire staff and doctors are dedicated to the health of your child’s eyes (and yours!). If you have any questions about your child’s eyes, don’t hesitate to contact us today.