Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Vision Care
Your child’s first eye exam can be a stressful time for them and for you. It’s common for kids to be nervous at medical appointments, and for parents to be worried about their child’s health.
At A+ Vision Optometry, we want your experience to be a pleasant one. We will do everything we can to make your child feel safe, comfortable and excited to learn about their eye health. And we’ll spend time with you, helping you get the most out of your insurance coverage or alternative payment plan. We’ll also make sure you understand all aspects of your child’s pediatric vision care and answering any questions you might have.
Here are some common questions we receive from new patients.
At What Age Should My Child Have an Initial Eye Exam?
Many eye conditions develop during childhood and identifying them early is the key to their treatment. If you suspect your child has a vision condition, bring them in immediately, regardless of their age. Otherwise, 3 years old is an ideal age for an initial pediatric eye exam.
How Often Does My Child Need an Eye Exam?
Children should have an eye exam at least once a year. However, more frequent monitoring may be be necessary if your child has a vision condition or another health problem that might affect their vision.
What Is Checked During a Pediatric Eye Exam?
During an eye exam, your optometrist will check for multiple visual acuity issues, including astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness. Your child will also be tested for depth-perception problems and colorblindness. Other conditions that affect the tracking and teaming functions of the eyes will also be tested for.
My Child Has Never Complained About Their Vision. Do They Still Need an Eye Exam?
Because your child has no way of knowing how well they should be able to see, they cannot make an accurate judgement about their own vision. Only an administered eye exam can diagnose vision problems in children.
My Child Is Screened Yearly at School. Does He or She Really Need Another Eye Exam?
Vision screenings administered at school are brief and limited in their scope. An optometrist will spend more time with your child, learning about family medical history and other risk factors, and test for a more extensive range of vision problems.
Annual eye exams are a vital part of comprehensive pediatric vision care.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Child Today
To make an appointment at our Ladera Ranch, CA location, fill out an online appointment request form, or call us at (949) 364-4455. A+ Vision Optometry is a full-service optometrist that offers adult and pediatric vision care as well as vision therapy.