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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?

Trust your child's vision to the pediatric eye care experts at Campus Eye Center. Your child's vision will be evaluated by our pediatric optometrist, who has been specially trained to spot potential vision problems and eye conditions in children. We also utilize specific equipment to evaluate 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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Voted #1 in Pediatric Optometry

Children's eye exams are extremely important because 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Approximately 80 percent of learning is visually based. Therefore, undetected and untreated vision problems can negatively impact a child's ability to reach their full academic potential. 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 issues are diagnosed early. If left untreated, some childhood eye conditions can cause permanent vision loss.

Pediatric optometrist

Pediatric Eye Doctor
Kathryn Andrews

Dr. Andrews has received numerous clinical awards and honors, and has extensive training in the management of conditions in pediatric patients such as strabismus, amblyopia, and medically necessary contact lenses in infants and pediatric patients. After receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree, Dr. Andrews went on to complete a residency in pediatric optometry through the New England College of Optometry.

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

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), as well as their overall ocular health. Using specialized equipment, we're able to spot vision difficulties long before a child can verbalize what they are able to 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

Be sure to let us know if your child has a history of prematurity or delayed motor development. We should also know if your child engages in frequent eye rubbing or blinks excessively. As well, failing to maintain eye contact, not maintaining 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.

When Should My Child Have an Eye Exam?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first complete eye examination at 6 months of age with a children's optometrist. Additional eye exams should occur at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade—at about age 5 or 6 years old. If a child is found to be at risk for the development of eye or vision problems, they may need to be managed on a more routine basis.

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, cover or rub their eyes. They may complain of headaches, eye strain, or words blurring together.

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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