Eye See…Eye Learn® Program
Does my child really need an eye exam?
Children as young as 6 months are recommended to come in to see an optometrist. There are several factors that can cause vision problems for kids. These factors can range from complications during pregnancy, developmental conditions, and a family history of vision problems.
Signs to look for in children that may be struggling with their sight include frustration in school, behavioral problems, negative self-image, weaker performance in sports, and possible special educational needs.
What should children expect during their first exam?
During their eye exam, a child will look at a variety of targets and lights. A child does not need to give any verbal or physical responses to take part in their eye exam. Children may need to have dilating drops added to their eyes during the exam.
Why school or family doctor screenings may not be enough.
Although school and family doctor screenings may catch larger visual problems it is hard to detect binocular vision disorders or internal ocular health-related issues without the equipment you can only find with your optometrist. During an eye exam, the optometrist will look for any prescription differences that can lead to poor depth perception even if each eye individually can see very well. Also, the optometrist will do a thorough examination of the inside of the eye which may have an issue even if the patient “feels” like everything is fine as there are no pain receptors inside the eye!