Education experts have stated that as much as 80% of learning is visual. This means that if your child’s vision is in any way compromised, his learning could be adversely affected. Whether he is still in kindergarten and discovering shapes, colors and numbers or much older and needs his sight for reading, carrying out practical assessments or playing sport, the effect is the same. The best way to ensure that your child has the visual resources that he needs to grow and develop normally, and access leaning to the fullest, he should have his eyesight checked regularly through a pediatric eye exam.
We are pleased to offer comprehensive pediatric eye exams carried out here at our offices in Worthington, OH.
Many people are surprised to discover that pediatric eye exams can start much earlier than they expect. In fact, it is recommended that your child’s first comprehensive eye exam should be scheduled at around six months old. Although your little one won’t be able to tell us what he can see, we will be able to check that his eyes are responding properly to light, are functioning well together and that there are no causes for concern. The earlier any problems are detected, the more easily they can usually be treated and the better the outcome for your child.
After this initial pediatric eye exam, our team will be able to recommend a schedule of visits for your child based on his individual needs. Typically, these visits will be annually unless stated otherwise.
Your child will be learning continually throughout kindergarten and school, and if there are any noticeable barriers to this that could be related to this, his progress could suffer. Many children do not even realize that they are experiencing issues with their vision as to them, everything can seem ‘normal’. Fortunately, certain behaviors can indicate that your child may be experiencing difficulties with his eyesight and these may become apparent at school and at home. These include:
Sitting too close to the television or reading material
Short attention span
Trying to avoid reading
Skipping lines or losing their place when reading
Poor reading comprehension
Visual problems can often be mistaken for other disabilities, such as those on the autistic spectrum. To help ensure that you obtain the right diagnosis and get your child the right support, it is essential that you arrange for him to attend a pediatric eye exam as soon as possible.
A pediatric eye exam is not dissimilar to an adult eye exam. Our experienced team understands that appointments such as these can be stressful for some children, particularly if they haven’t had an eye exam before. As such, we aim to make your child feel as calm and comfortable from the moment they enter our offices.
Some of the things that you can expect to happen in your child’s pediatric eye exam will include:
A test to see how well your child’s eyes work together known as a binocular vision test
Their ability to focus
Their peripheral vision
Their color vision
Their hand-eye coordination
Their ability to track a moving object
In addition to this, we will examine the area around the eye and inside it to check for the presence of any eye diseases or health conditions. We will ask you for information about your child’s health and medical history to help us determine if he is at an increased risk of any eye problems.
If your child is old enough, we will also carry out visual acuity testing. This is the element of eye exams most people are familiar with and involves reading letters off of a chart. In younger children, this can always be done phonetically if it is easier. This will help us to determine how well your child can see at different distances, which will enable us to see if he has or is developing a refractive eye error. Refractive eye errors are the main reason for prescription contact lenses or glasses.
If you have any other questions about pediatric eye exams, or if you would like to arrange an appointment to have your child’s eyes assessed by our highly experienced team of family eye care experts, please get in touch with Lume Family Eyecare by calling our Worthington, OH eye doctors today (614) 502-6201!