Quality Vision is Critical for Kids to Learn and Grow!
Your child’s eyesight and ability to learn are strongly connected. In fact, many common learning problems may be the result of an undetected vision condition. Think about it – if your kid can’t see the board clearly or read a computer screen accurately, how can she learn well in school? At Eyecare Greengate, in Greensburg PA and Murrysville, we want to help all our young patients to maximize their learning potential!
Far-Reaching Effects of Pediatric Eye Exams
Nowadays, the number of kids who have a vision condition is astounding. Approximately 5 to 10% of preschool kids in the US have an ocular problem. Once kids grow older, this number also grows – with approximately 25% of all school-aged children diagnosed with a vision condition.
In addition to impacting their potential to learn, an untreated vision problem can compromise kids’ coordination and social skills, which can lead to frustration and poor self-esteem. Why jeopardize your child’s ability to succeed? A detailed eye examination by a professional eye doctor can confirm or rule out the presence of a vision issue that requires treatment. Contact our office today to schedule a pediatric eye exam.
When should you bring your child for an eye exam?
We encourage parents to bring babies for their first pediatric eye examination at a half-year old. The next exam should be done at three years of age, followed by a total assessment of the visual system at age 5-6, before starting school. If no vision correction or vision therapy is needed, then it’s wise to return at least every two years for routine eye exams. If your child does need eyeglasses or any type of vision treatment, we’ll usually recommend that you return more frequently. Our Greensburg eye doctors will instruct you with personalized guidelines of when to return for follow-up eye exams!
What happens during our pediatric eye exams?
Seeing clearly involves much more than visual acuity. Our comprehensive eye exams for kids pay attention to their whole visual system. Our team of highly qualified optometrists will greet your child warmly and perform the exam with a friendly, gentle touch. Please reserve your kid’s eye exam at a time of day when she will be alert and not tired out – we want your child to enjoy her eye care experience in our leading Greensburg practice!
We’ll ask you to share information about your kid’s medical history, family eye conditions, allergies and medications. If you have any questions or you’ve noticed any visual symptoms experienced by your child, this is the time to share with us! We’re interested in what you have to say, and we strive to provide full answers to satisfy your concerns.
Please tell us if you’ve observed any of the following behaviors in your child:
- Excessive blinking
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Trouble making eye contact
- Failure to maintain a gaze
- Weak visual tracking skills
- Failed vision screening in school
We’ll test your child’s visual skills, such as binocularity, eye-hand coordination, eye mobility, peripheral awareness, accommodation (focusing), near and far vision.
How do we check kids’ eyes at different ages?
We customize pediatric eye exams to meet the age and developmental stage of each individual child. Our Greensburg eye doctors will also consider any symptoms that your child has.
We check the pupils’ reaction to light, and assess preferential vision by displaying specialized cards to your baby. By three months of age, babies should be capable of fixating on and tracking a moving object. Fixation testing is used to evaluate this visual skill. All of this information will provide our team with significant details about the development of your baby’s visual system.
There’s no reason to worry that we can’t check vision if your child hasn’t mastered numbers or the ABC’s yet! We can still perform an accurate vision test with a diversity of charts and images. We’ll also use a retinoscope to help evaluate refractive error, and techniques such as random dot stereopsis to inspect eye teaming.
Eye charts and other progressive technology will be used to evaluate visual acuity and determine whether or not there’s a need for vision correction. We’ll also check ocular health with a high-powered magnifying lens, looking closely at the retina and inner eye tissues for anysigns of abnormality.
What vision conditions are commonly diagnosed in children?
Hands-down, the most typical diagnoses that we make in our Greensburg practice are astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness. However, there are many more common pediatric conditions that can impact development and learning.
Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”, is a usual problem that often requires patching the stronger eye to bolster the weaker eye. Strabismus is also common, involving misaligned eyes and/or eye muscle weakness.
When kids have trouble switching between near and far vision, we may diagnose an Accommodation Difficulty. This vision condition frequently manifests itself in the classroom as trouble with copying from the board. When eye teaming is weak, your child’s depth perception and coordination will often be affected – leading to poor performance on the playing field.
Convergence insufficiency is another vision condition that we detect frequently. Eye alignment is hard to maintain, which has a negative influence on reading skills. Vision therapy and ocular exercises are generally effective methods of treatment.
We can’t wait to see your child! Contact us today to book a pediatric eye exam at Eyecare Greengate, proudly serving Greensburg, Murrysville and all neighboring communities, such as North Huntington, PA.