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Pediatric Eye Exams

Schedule Pediatric Eye Exams with Visionary Eye Care

Infants and young children learn by observing the world around them. In fact, nearly 80 percent of what a child understands and learns is visually experienced. That's why the American Optometric Association recommends parents have their children's eyes and vision regularly examined beginning at six months of age. Your optometrist has the skills, knowledge, and tools to give young children a thorough, comprehensive eye exam in a comfortable and fun environment.

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Infant Eye Exams

Eye doctors performing eye exams on children under two years will check the performance of eye muscles, the ability of the eyes to focus on one object and if a refractive error such as nearsightedness is developing. Early detection and treatment of eye disorders or vision problems are vital to ensuring babies do not experience developmental issues or worsening of eye disorders.

Eye Exams for Preschool Children

Between two and five years old, children undergo rapid growth both physically and intellectually, improving their perceptual skills, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Honing these abilities prepares preschool children for reading, writing, playing with other children and discovering their creative talents. Unless their vision is 20/20, preschoolers may suffer academically, socially and psychologically. Your optometrist in Lutz Florida wants parents to understand how important it is to have their children's eyes examined every year, especially since signs of refractive errors, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes) emerge mostly during this time in a child's life.

Pediatric Eye Exams for School-Aged Children

Parents should watch for signs of vision problems in their school-aged child (six years old to 18 years old) if that child is not wearing glasses or contact lenses. Indications your child should have an eye examination include:

  • Shortened/distracted attention span
  • Complaining of headaches or "tired" eyes
  • Blinking and squinting frequently
  • Head tilting
  • Saying there is "two" of something when there is only one object
  • Poor academic performance

In some cases, teachers may suggest to parents that a child presents ADHD symptoms when, in fact, they need glasses or other optometric treatment to correct a vision or eye disorder. In addition, do not replace professional eye exams with school-based eye exams that use eye charts only to evaluate a child's visual abilities.

To Schedule a Pediatric Eye Exam, Please Call Visionary Eye Care Today at (813) 425-9596

During a pediatric eye exam, our optometrist will test your child's binocular vision, focusing capacity, peripheral vision, tracking and color vision. Pediatric eye doctors also want to know from parents if their child has had any eye injuries, development delays or other problems that could affect eyesight or internal eye health.

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