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Common questions about kids

“Can I bring my children to your practice to have their eyes examined?”

YES, please bring them in, we love kids! Almost all of our emergency eye care services staff members have kids themselves. All of our optometrist have been trained to examine and treat children.  Also, since most of us have children we have first hand knowledge how to interact with them and how to make your kids feel most comfortable at our eye care center.

“What age should I have my child’s eyes examined?”

The American Optometric Association recommends that every child should have their first eye exam around six months of age. While eye problems are not common at this age, as always early detection is the best prevention. Up until an infant is one year old they can participate in an InfantSEE exam. This is a FREE exam provided by an InfantSEE optometrist that will evaluate eye health, eye movement, and excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.

The next recommended ages for eye exams are at 3 and 5. At age three the children are given a thorough exam to make sure there is no signs of eye disease or vision problems. At age five another exam is recommended to look for the same things, but also to compare the two exams to make sure that the children do not have any problems when entering grade school years.

After age five eye exams are recommended every two years, if their are no problems.

“But I get my child screened at the pediatrician, is that not sufficient?”

Another great question. Getting your child screened at their annual checkup with the pediatrician is important, it is another tool to keep your childrens vision in check. However, there is are major differences with a pediatric screening and a comprehensive eye exam. Vision screening are limited and can not diagnose a vision problem or eye disease. Up to 60% of children with vision problems slip through the cracks with screenings. It is important to see an eye doctor who has the training and equipment to test all areas of the eye and vision to make sure your childrens eyes are healthy and developing correctly.

As parents we are careful to bring our children to the pediatrician for their annual checkup and to the dentist to check that they are growing properly and that they are healthy, but don’t forget about your children’s eyes. Vision is so important for children academically, socially, for athletics, and so on. Plus, children are adaptive, so if they slip through the cracks at a screening they will learn to compensate for the problem which could lead to a much larger problem down the road. We need to set them up with the best tools we can for success.