Pediatric Eye Exam
Just like adults, children can also experience many eye health issues and vision problems. To detect these issues early in a child’s life, a children’s eye exam is essential. Getting proper care will help prevent problems from advancing as the child ages. At our eye care center in Gonzales, we offer children’s eye care services to examine, diagnose, and treat the eye health needs of children of all ages.
When Should Your Child See an Optometrist?
Children—and especially young children—are not always able to communicate about problems with their sight, making eye health issues challenging to detect. Problems that go undiagnosed can be progressive and have the potential to negatively impact a child’s life as they grow up. As such, it is important for your child to see an eye doctor regularly for pediatric eye exams.
Signs your child should see a kid’s eye doctor:
- Frequent blinking, squinting, or irregular eye movements
- Frequently turning or tilting their head
- Covering or closing one eye to see better
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Frequently touching their eyes
- Frequent headaches
- Leaning in too close to see something
- Learning difficulties
Your child could be experiencing vision problems if they exhibit these behaviors. A pediatric eye exam will help determine the cause and available treatment options. Delaying care may cause your child more serious or even permanent damage, so we recommend seeking care right away.
What Is a Comprehensive Pediatric Eye Exam?
The pediatric eye exams we offer at Accent Vision Care will detect eye defects and vision impairment in your child. We also assess your child’s risk for developing eye conditions later in life. When you visit our vision care center, our optometrists will conduct a pediatric eye exam with your child to better understand their eye health and vision needs. Based on the information gained from that exam, they will then make an accurate diagnosis of any abnormalities or vision problems present.
Many parents rely on eye exams conducted at school to inform them about their children’s eye health, but it’s important to note that our exams are far more in-depth and comprehensive than those offered at school or a pediatrician’s office. Exams conducted by schools and pediatricians screen for potential vision problems, but they cannot diagnose or treat. A school or pediatrician will most often direct you to an optometrist for a thorough examination if an issue is suspected.
We urge parents to be proactive about their child’s eye health and get their child’s eyes checked regularly. Early diagnosis can prevent future eye health complications and improve the child’s quality of life greatly. To set up your child’s pediatric eye exam at our office in Gonzales, contact us today.