Focusing on Your Family
It’s never too early to focus on your children’s eye health and vision. Their sense of sight is important at every age and every stage of development.
Our optometrists are experienced with children and can put them at ease. Many kids even think their eye exams are fun! And, if your child does need glasses, we offer a wide selection of colors and styles that will make them smile.
Book their appointment today to set them up for success—and a lifetime of healthy vision.Book Appointment
When Do Children Need Eye Exams?
The American Optometric Association recommends that children have:
- A comprehensive exam to establish a baseline between the ages of 6 and 12 months
- Another comprehensive exam as they grow and develop between the ages of 3 and 5
- Annual, comprehensive exams starting before 1st grade and continuing until adulthood
Proper vision can be beneficial for you child's success—in life and academics. Beyond just seeing what’s in front of them at school, visual skills are needed for social, cognitive, and motor skill development.
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Valuable Visual Skills
Children aren’t born with the visual skills they need—they develop them over time.
Good visual skills can help set your child up for success. Whether it’s reading, interacting with other kids, throwing a ball around, or seeing what the teacher writes on the board, eyesight is involved.
Children who start school with undiagnosed vision problems may struggle to keep up in class. They may be misdiagnosed with ADHD or another behavioral disorder.
- Learning at a slower rate than their peers
- Behavioral and disciplinary problems
- Higher risk of dropping out of school
Stages of Sight
There are many milestones in a baby’s visual progression. Here’s what to expect at some critical stages:
- Birth to 4 Months: Your baby’s vision is improving rapidly at this stage. They should be focusing on nearby objects and faces, and begin to reach for things.
- 5 to 8 Months: A 3-dimensional view of the world begins to form, as does color vision.
- 9 to 12 Months: Babies begin to grasp objects and can judge distances.
- 1 to 2 Years: Hand-eye coordination and depth perception should be well-developed.
As babies grow and develop, you can help encourage their healthy visual development by playing games with them. Use games like peek-a-boo and patty-cake, provide objects that can be explored with the hands and grasped, and play games that include dropping things and picking them up.
To help your child develop healthy visual skills, be sure to bring them in for comprehensive eye exams.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Glasses?
If children are experiencing a vision issue, they are often unable to articulate the problem—they might not even know there is a problem. Unlike adults, children have not established a baseline of what proper vision looks like for them.
Kids can experience signs or symptoms that may not seem visual—like tiredness, poor concentration, or difficulty keeping their place while reading. They may develop vision problems standard glasses can’t correct alone, like strabismus (eye turn) or amblyopia (lazy eye), which can affect how their vision develops.
Bringing your child for regular eye exams lets us establish that baseline so we can take the time to evaluate their symptoms. By detecting vision problems early on, we can give them appropriate support—whether they need glasses or other personalized care. Book their appointment today!Book Appointment
- 5680 Wayside Dr.
- Sanford, FL 32771
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: By appointment only
- Sunday: Closed
Our Google Reviews
Your eyes are important and of course, seeing is believing. Dr. Ben Larson is caring and his team has the latest in advanced technology to make sure your eyes get the very best technology has to offer. We only get one pair of eyes, so only the best will do for me and you should feel the same way. Because of Dr. Larson’s long tenure as a doctor, he can spot and see things in your eyes some doctors miss.
Been coming here two years. Never waited to see a specialist or doctor for more than 7minutes. The team is prompt, responsive, accurate and most of all they work together to get you out of there fast and efficiently. You would never have to question this doctors or it’s staffs integrity. Definitely recommend.
Ray J Henriquez
Dr Ben Larson he is absolutely amazing! He is a complete perfectionist when it comes to your vision. He is also charming and knowledgeable about all aspects of eye care. Everyone in the entire office is always kind, patient and helpful. Dr. Larson saved my ski trip this year because thanks to him, I was able to read the signs on the mountains because of my Ortho K contacts. I didn’t have to wear glasses or contacts in the cold weather which was wonderful. Dr. Larson and Ortho K are the perfect combination for an active lifestyle! they have every means of advanced testing for your vision. I would highly recommend Advanced Eye Care to anyone who is looking for the best in eye care.
Dr Christy Larson is wonderful! She is thorough and makes sure to carefully explain everything. I appreciate the care and attention I receive during each visit. The staff here is always friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Advanced Eye Care if you are looking for exceptional service and high quality care for your eyes.
Dr. Ben Larson and his staff were simply wonderful to me, on several occasions. I was dealing with a scratched cornea – which happened several times – and the entire team was compassionate and understanding. Dr. Ben gave me excellent care and helped me understand what was happening at every stage. After the last time, he discussed with me the underlying issues and is working with me to address those problems to avoid the pain of a scratched cornea again. I recommend him to everyone for eye care. And, the rest of his team is kind, cheerful, and really delightful!
I recently moved from London, England and was looking for an eye doctor. I have Keratoconus also called Conical Cornea and haven’t been able to see clearly for years. My first scleral lenses were fitted in London and did not seem to improve my vision plus were also very uncomfortable. My doctor in London was now recommending cornea transplant which made me very nervous and I was not excited about the idea of going under the knife.
I had almost lost all hope and faith in scleral lenses until I met Dr Ben Larson. Dr Larson is highly experienced and knowledgeable. From the start, he was patient and took the time to get the correct prescription. His care changed my life. Such a great experience and I am very impressed with my results in a way I never thought was possible. I highly recommend Dr Larson and Advanced Eye Care to anyone with Keratoconus or any other eye problems. Brought me tears of joy, thank you Dr Larson!
I have been going to Advanced EyeCare for 15+ years and they never cease to exceed expectations. All of the doctors and staff are friendly, professional, and treat you like you’re family. Dr. Ben and Dr. Christy truly take the time to get to know you and answer any questions you have. Also, if you need glasses, their team is the best! They make the process incredibly fun and won’t let you leave without loving your frames. Highly recommend this office and refuse to go anywhere else for my eyes!
Dr Larson and his staff especially Sam are fantastic. My 8 year old is a patient and they have helped his eye site tremendously. I can’t imagine why anyone would ever give them less than a 5 Star Review. They defiantly care about their patients a lot more than most offices we have tried.
Val reports Dr. Christy remains the very best in her field, extremely knowledgeable, and caring. Her staff starting with Heather at the front desk is able to greet multiple clients at the front desk, provide professional assistance with check in and smiles! Sam is amazing with his talent to engage clients and does an in-depth history with ease. His skill taking scans of the eye was very evident and was doe in a timely manner. Erica was was such an asset at the end of the appointment and is willing to clarify all information for follow up care. Their team was so very patient, kind, and knowledgeable when explaining how my glasses would work with my computer when looking at the screen for long periods of time. They also responded to all my questions especially showing me how to scan this review on my cell phone! I was thankful for those on the team I met yesterday! Also love the live access on the website where a person responded on the weekend. Wanted to end on saying First Class Team and environment. Thanks Dr. Christy!
This was by far the most thorough eye exam and nicest staff I have ever worked with. I was blown away by the office which is beautiful and pristine. I felt listened to and not judged for any issues. I will be coming back here for years to come.
I am very happy with my visit to this office. From making my appointment, the very thorough exam, and the over all office visit. I would highly recommend! Randy A
My first time here for eye exam. I have been served on time – without any delay. Before I come needed to reschedule 3 times due to work, they were very open and helpful to find a time slot fits my availability. Sam was very knowledgeable and nice to talk with. They have wide selection of glasses – but don’t compare it to the big stores!. Overall, my experience was positive.
Needed a repair to my Silhouette frame while visiting from out of town. They had the needed part in the right size and color in stock! They gave me a complete description of my options and the price before the work was done. Excellent, quick service while I waited. Highly recommended from my experience!
Dr. Ben fitted me for Ortho K. He got the prescription perfect. Saw 20/20 the first day following sleeping in the corrective lenses. We were completely informed as to what we might expect and how the lenses would work as well as what maintenance was required. The staff was extremely professional and courteous. The office was extremely clean and beautiful, and they took every possible precaution with Covid to ensure our safety as well as the safety of their other clients and staff. Advanced Eye Care is the best of the best!!!