Healthy Eye Exams for Kids
Did you know that your child’s coordination and learning skills – such as reading, comprehension, recognition, and recollection – heavily rely on his or her ability to see clearly?
In fact, there is a 75% chance that a child’s poor learning skills or learning difficulties are caused by vision problems.
When it comes to helping your child thrive and find success in school and navigating their everyday, the importance of an annual pediatric eye exam cannot be overstated.
The Importance of an Annual Pediatric Eye Exam
A child’s vision can change quickly, and without the child even noticing. If a child’s vision problem is left untreated, learning problems and self-esteem issues can arise and cause unnecessary frustration and poor academic performance.
Undetected vision problems can also cause a child to experience eye strain, tiredness, and headaches. A vision exam at school or from your child’s pediatrician is helpful, but unfortunately, these exams only catch about 15-20% of vision problems. These exams are usually limited to inspecting a child’s distance vision, and rarely go in-depth to test a child’s:
- Near vision (critical for reading)
- Focusing skills
- Binocular coordination
- Eye movement skills
- Peripheral awareness
With every one in four children experiencing an undetected vision problem, and 25-30% of children requiring some form of corrective lenses, an eye exam by a children’s eye doctor is a must.
Differences Between an Adult and a Kid Eye Exam
Because children undergo periods of drastic growth and development, they can experience certain eye issues at a young age – such as lazy eye (amblyopia) and crossed eyes (strabismus). So, their eye exams differ from a traditional, adult exam.
To detect a vision problem, eye exams for kids include more eye tracking exercises and tests for eye crossing problems.
Ensure Your Child is Developing & Keeping Up in School with an Annual Pediatric Eye Doctor Visit
To make sure your child’s vision is healthy and precisely supporting his or her learning and living needs, an annual visit to an optometrist who specializes in treating young children is essential.
At I Care Vision, we see to it that your child’s vision is thoroughly assessed, and they find the experience fun and engaging. If your child is feeling a little anxious about the exam, they can relax and play before they see the doctor in our children’s corner and coloring area in the waiting room.
If the doctor finds that your child would benefit from glasses, your child can pick out cool frames that fit their personality with our collection of children’s frames.