pediatric eye exam

Many schools and pediatricians offer vision screenings, but these “screenings” should not be substituted for a complete eye examination, as their results can be inaccurate. According to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), it is estimated that 1 in 10 children have a vision problem severe enough to affect their learning in school. Since 70% of a child’s learning is done through their visual system, it is recommended that all children have their first eye exam with a pediatric or developmental optometrist as an infant (six to 11 months of age). If this exam is normal, the next eye exam is performed at the age of 3 years old. This should be followed by another exam at 5 years old and thereafter, annually.

Dr. Patel, who is residency-trained in pediatric optometry, offers comprehensive pediatric eye exams during which she will check all aspects of eye health, vision, and visual skills. Dr. Patel will review your child’s birth history, family history, and medical history. She will inquire about whether your child is showing signs of developmental delays or is having trouble recognizing shapes, colors, numbers, or letters, as these may signal a vision problem. To provide optimum care, your child’s eyes may be dilated at the first visit and on future visits. At Family Eye Wellness, we have a myriad of child-friendly tools available to perform eye examinations on children of all ages.

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