Pediatric Eye Exams
Children need routine eye exams just as adults do, but when should you start? Why are these eye exams so important? Children can have vision or eye problems that are hard to notice without an exam. At Eye 1st Vision Center in Sandy Springs, GA, we offer pediatric eye exams to make sure your children have healthy eyes and vision.
Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams
It is important to note the difference between a vision screening that your children might have had at school and an eye exam. A vision screening is a basic test that can detect eye or vision issues, but it will not diagnose a specific problem. An eye exam is a more in-depth test to check for early signs of eye or vision problems in order to give you a diagnosis. Children can struggle in school due to issues with their vision, so it is important to get these exams. A pediatric eye exam gives us a chance to catch these problems early and begin treatment as needed.
What to Expect During Your Child’s Eye Exam
We will ask about any concerns you have or signs of eye or vision issues you might have noticed when you bring your children in for an optometry exam. An example would be if your child is rubbing their eyes often or if they seem to have trouble focusing on objects. Our eye doctor will check your child’s ability to track objects and focus. We will also check your child’s visual acuity, color vision, and overall eye health.
We check for potential eye or vision problems that children can have, such as crossed eyes or strabismus, lazy eye or amblyopia, poor depth perception, and nearsightedness or farsightedness. We can discuss treatment for eye problems or prescribe corrective eyeglasses to improve vision if needed. This helps ensure that your kids can see well in school and other settings, which is important for their physical, emotional, and social growth and development. This is also important for their academic performance once they start school.
How Often to Schedule Eye Exams for Children
Children generally need to have eye exams done roughly every couple of years or every year starting around six years of age. We might recommend having eye exams done more often if your child is having vision or eye problems. This allows us to check on their progress and update corrective lenses as needed. Our eye doctor will let you know when to schedule these exams for your children.
Schedule Pediatric Eye Exams in Sandy Springs, GA
It is important for your child take an eye exam to catch any early signs of vision or eye trouble, so be sure to contact Eye 1st Vision Center in Sandy Springs, GA, if your child is due for an exam. Give us a call at (404) 252-1702 for our optometrist to do a comprehensive pediatric eye exam and recommend treatment as needed.