Pediatric Eye exams
Pediatric eye exams, like going to the dentist or getting a regular check-up from a pediatrician, aren’t just a normal part of keeping children healthy, they’re also a great way for kids to get insight into how their body works and what it takes to keep it all running.
What’s more, unlike the dentist or a physician’s check-up, pediatric eye exams are often somewhat less invasive and a bit easier to get through, for both the child, and the parent. So don’t hold off on your child’s exam any longer—stop in at the McDonald Optical offices in Iowa City for an exam today.
What Can You Expect?
Pediatric eye exams follow a general structure, though each exam can vary based on the context of the child being examined. Some of the procedures that might be performed are:
Vision Acuity Tests
These measure how well a child sees at different distances. The most common tool used in these exams is the standard eye chart.
A small, bright light is used to check how a child’s pupils respond to light.
Eye Movement Test
Usually, the doctor or eye technician will move a finger or a toy—something attention-grabbing—to test how a child’s eyes follow objects in different directions. Peripheral vision may also be tested.
- The doctor can use a light and special lenses to determine if a young child has a refractive error, or needs glasses, even without the child responding!
- Ocular Health Exam
- The doctor may use diagnostic eye drops and special equipment to view the external and internal eye structures.
When Should I Go?
Most children have their first eye exam between 6 and 12 months old. Other important exams happen at about three years, and then five years, usually before the child enters kindergarten. After this, school-aged children should have yearly eye exams.
Eye exams are an important measure in catching the beginning stages of eye diseases or vision disorders before they have time to develop into something serious or damaging. Eye exams can ensure children see, learn, and perform their best in all aspects of life!
If you’re unsure about when or where to take your child for their exam, contact your local eyecare experts for advice and guidance regarding the best practices.
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