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Pediatric Optometry and Ophthalmology

Pediatric optometrist

Are you wondering if your preschooler has a vision problem? Need to schedule an eye exam for a child who is just starting school?

There's no need to keep searching for a "kids' optometrist near me." Trust your child's vision to the pediatric eye care experts at Campus Eye Center. A pediatric optometrist with special training to spot potential vision problems and eye conditions in young eyes will evaluate your child's vision. During the visit, we will utilize specific equipment to assess your child's vision for common vision disorders and eye problems, including:

  • Refractive error (the need for glasses)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Strabismus (eye turn)
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Children's eye exams are essential, and you should schedule them regularly because 5-10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Approximately 80%of learning is visually based, so poor vision can hinder your child's ability to study their school materials. Therefore, undetected and untreated vision problems can negatively impact a child's ability to reach their full academic potential. Please read our guide to children's eye care to learn more.

Early identification of your child's vision problem can be crucial since children are often more responsive to treatment when a pediatric optometrist identifies the issues early. If left untreated, some childhood eye conditions can cause permanent vision loss.

Children's Eye Exams

Our eye health care exams for children go beyond simply evaluating your child for "20/20" vision. We'll also evaluate your child's focusing ability and binocular vision (the ability of the eyes to work as a team) and their overall ocular health. Using specialized equipment, we can spot vision difficulties long before a child can verbalize what they can see.

When scheduling an eye exam, choose a time when your child is usually alert and happy.

Eye exams are conducted differently depending on your child's age, but the exam will generally involve:

  • A case or family history
  • Vision testing
  • Evaluation of whether eyeglasses are needed
  • Eye alignment testing
  • Eye health examination
  • Consultation with you regarding our findings

Please be sure to let us know if your child has a history of prematurity or delayed motor development before we examine their eyes. We should also know if your child engages in frequent eye rubbing or blinks excessively. Also, having difficulty maintaining eye contact, not holding a gaze (fixation) while looking at objects, exhibiting poor eye tracking skills, or failing a pediatrician or pre-school vision screening may be signs of a vision problem.

Children's Vision

  • Infant Vision: Birth to 24 Months of Age
  • Preschool Vision: 3 to 5 Years of Age
  • School-Aged Vision: 6 to 18 Years of Age

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When Should My Child Have an Eye Exam?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first complete eye examination with a children's optometrist at six months of age. Additional eye exams should occur at age three and again before entering the first grade—at about age 5 or 6. If the pediatric optometrist determines a child is at risk for developing eye or vision problems, they may need eye exams more often than a child without vision issues.

The majority of kids with visual difficulties do not complain due to their inability to differentiate between clear and poor vision. Parents should be aware that a child with a vision problem may squint, sit or hold items at a very close distance, tilt their head to one side, and cover or rub their eyes. You may also notice your child exhibits signs of poor depth perception, strange eye movements, or they have an eye that doesn't focus as well as the other. They may complain of headaches, eye strain, or words blurring together.

Vision correction is often possible with early intervention by a pediatric optometrist and regularly scheduled eye exams. If you are searching for a kids' optometrist in the Lancaster, PA, area, Campus Eye Center can help. Our staff is ready to care for your child's eyes, so they can have healthier vision.

Campus Eye Center is an exceptional eye center with experienced eye doctors, Ophthalmogists and Optometrists, in Lancaster, PA.
We offer total vision care including contact lenses and revolutionary Lasik eye surgery at our eye and laser center.

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