Pediatric Eye Exams as Part of Family Eye Care
Your child's vision constantly changes as their eyes grow. Pediatric eye exams are crucial to monitor your child's vision. A child who cannot see clearly may fall behind in school. Before you get a call from your child's teacher about vision difficulties, make an appointment with us at Vision Source Castle Hills to get an assessment of your child's eye health and visual acuity.
Why Children Need Pediatric Eye Exams
Regular eye exams can determine if your child has vision problems that require correction. For instance, many children have an issue with their eye development called lazy eye. With optometrist intervention, those with lazy eye can recover. For some children, this happens from strabismus, or eyes that don't focus in the same direction. Other causes of lazy eye come from a disproportion in how well the child sees from each of their eyes.
While pediatric eye exams can diagnose and treat chronic conditions, they can also spot temporary issues, such as the highly contagious pink eye.
Even if you don't think that your child needs glasses, bring them in for regular eye exams to get an expert's opinion on the health of your child's eyes and vision development.
What to Expect During a Visit With Our Optometrist
During a pediatric optometry exam, your child will have a visual acuity test in addition to other tests that look at the structure and health of the eyes. Even if your child cannot read letters, they can still have an eye exam. The optometrist will use toys or images on a screen or poster to have your child look at.
Things that the optometrist will test for during a pediatric eye exam may include the following:
- Ability to see from each eye independently and together
- How well your child can follow an object with their eyes
- The structure and health of their eyes
- Development of their eye and eye components
As a professional, our optometrist Dr. Trevino will do everything possible to make sure that you and your child feel comfortable during the appointment.
How Often Your Child Needs Pediatric Eye Exams
According to recommendations from the American Optometric Association, your child needs their first eye exam much earlier than you may think. Additionally, the group suggests regular exams almost annually after their first two exams. The timing for children without symptoms of vision problems should be as follows:
- First exam between six months and one year of age
- Second exam between three and five years of age
- Third exam sometime after the second and before first grade
- Subsequent tests annually through age 17
If your child has problems with their vision, eyes that point in different directions, recent eye surgery, or an eye injury, you will need to schedule a visit to the optometrist as soon as possible instead of waiting for the annual appointment.
Contact Our Office for More Information About Our Family Eye Care Services
If you need to get your child to an optometrist, phone us at Vision Source Castle Hills at (210) 344-1400. Dr. Trevino will give your child the high-quality care that he provides all his patients, young and old. We strive to make all our patients who seek our family eye care practice to feel special. Make your appointment with us today for your child or yourself.