The Pediatric Eye & Vision Examination

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The extent in which a child is at risk for the development of eye and vision problems determines the appropriate re-evaluation schedule.

In addition to visual acuity screening, our comprehensive pediatric examination also includes testing for unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism which could prevent one eye from developing properly. We carefully check that the eyes are positioned straight, work well together as a team, and focus accurately. Dilation drops will be used so the doctor can look inside and ensure the health of the eye. In general, although they may be apprehensive, most children find the whole process painless, and often fun!

Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States and the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood. Studies show that one out of 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed vision problems. Many eye conditions, including amblyopia (“lazy eye”), muscle imbalances, large refractive errors, and some ocular diseases do not have warning signs and can be easily missed in routine well-care examinations given by pediatricians. These vision problems can interfere with a child’s ability to develop skills and perform to their potential.

We follow the American Optometric Association’s guidelines and advocate early, preventative eye care including examinations at the following ages:

  • 6 to 12 months old
  • 3 years old
  • Before entering first grade
  • Every 1 to 2 years as advised by your eye doctor