Pediatric Ophthalmology

Your Child’s Vision is Important

child in eye examEye exams are an important part of ensuring that your child is experiencing a great quality of life in his or her formative years. Vision problems can lead to difficulty with coordination and learning. All too often, these issues go undiagnosed. Pediatric ophthalmology is the field of eye care that focuses on younger patients. During a routine exam, your child’s doctor can screen for common conditions. Early intervention and treatment can successfully address most pediatric eye conditions.

Pediatric Eye Care & Ophthalmology

As a parent, we believe you deserve straight answers when confronted by your children’s potential vision issues. By addressing your child’s eye care health early on, you and your family can avoid larger complications, struggles, and frustrations.

Eye Exams for Children

The American Optometric Association recommends infants undergo a comprehensive eye examination at six months of age. Additional check-ups should be performed at age three and immediately before entering kindergarten. If no vision correction is needed, exams every two years after are sufficient.

Many basic skills related to good eyesight will shape how your child learns. During early exams, we will test these skills, including hand-eye and binocular (using both eyes) coordination, near and distance vision, focusing and eye movement skills, and peripheral awareness.

Eye Exams for Children Long Island

During an exam, random dot stereopsis, a test using patterns of dots and 3-D glasses, can be used to test how your child’s eyes function in tandem. Retinoscopy may be performed to assess the health of the retina. And instead of using regular eye charts, your child may be asked to identify objects called LEA Symbols®, like an apple or circle, to test their vision.

Screening for Refractive Errors

In addition to screening for conditions like amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (crossed or misaligned eyes), screening for refractive errors is an integral part of a pediatric eye exam. Like adults, children can suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.

The Impact of Ocular Health on Your Child’s Quality of Life

Vision problems can have a significant impact on your child. As much as 80% of what your child learns at school is presented visually. If your child has difficulty seeing the teacher at the front of the room, or cannot fully participate in a soccer game during gym class, a host of problems can result.

Eyeglasses are a simple solution that can address most vision problems. In some cases, young children are good candidates for contact lenses. Maturity and responsibility play a larger role than age alone in determining when your child is ready for contacts. During a thorough consultation, our doctors can determine what solution will best meet your child’s needs.

Protect Your Child’s Vision

If a refractive error is found, your child should visit an eye doctor once a year to make certain that his or her prescription is up to date. Clear vision can help your child grow and learn, and it is important to establish regular exams to ensure that your child experiences the best possible vision.

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