Pediatric Eye Exam


imageChildren Eye Care exams are just as important as visits to the pediatrician. Healthy vision is essential to a child’s ability to engage in sports, learn and achieve their academic potential. Babies as young as six months of age should have an eye exam to ensure that the eyes are developing properly and are working as a team together. Preschoolers should have an eye exam, as visual skills are tightly tied to tasks, such as cutting, drawing, assembling blocks and much more. A pre-kindergarten exam should be done. From there on, it’s wise to take your child for an annual eye and vision exam.

An optometrist can identify visual refractive errors, such as astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia during a Lubbock pediatric eye exam. If visual correction is needed, a prescription can be written for eyeglasses. An eye doctor can also identify another common eye problem known as “lazy eye.” Treatment for this condition typically entails wearing an eye patch on the normal eye to make the weaker eye improve. However, not all visual problems can be fixed with correction eyewear. Your optometrist may recommend vision therapy for your child. This type of children eye care is akin to physical therapy, only for the eye. It entails a progressive set of eye exercises to improve how the brain interprets images. Often, prisms, computer programs, lenses and other specialized instruments are used. Each pediatric child receives an individualized program to target individual needs. With vision therapy, in-office treatment generally takes one-half hour to an hour. Patients are also given at-home exercise.

The Vision Center of West Texas: Scheduling Your Child’s Eye Exam

Our experienced and caring optometrists offer a comprehensive Lubbock Children’s Eye Exam. Eye and vision exams include a visual acuity test, eye performance test and eye health test. Depending on your child’s age, reading sight is evaluated with images or text and distance sight is evaluated during our Lubbock pediatric eye exam. The eye performance test evaluates your child’s peripheral vision, focus, eye tracking, eye teaming and eye muscle capability. With a slit lamp, our optometrists can view your child’s ocular structures to determine eye health.

Is it time for your child to have a vision and eye exam? If so, give us a call at 806-793-1927 to schedule an appointment today. Great eye care begins at The Vision Center.