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According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first eye exam at six months. Toddlers should have a comprehensive eye examination by three years, and children should be tested before beginning school. Children should then have an eye examination every two years. If glasses are prescribed, children should be re-examined annually. Our optometrist in Silicon Beach encourages parents to adhere to this recommended schedule; proper eye development and visual acuity are necessary for children to learn and develop skills, like motor coordination, necessary for them to participate in school. Early detection of eye conditions ensures prompt treatment and resolution.
During a children's eye exam at Westchester Eyecare Center, our optometrists will first talk with you about your child's medical history. It is important to notify us of any health problems or symptoms your child has experienced or any medications he or she is taking. We will perform a comprehensive eye exam to test visual acuity (looking for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism), peripheral vision, eye movement, binocular vision, ability focus, and hand-eye coordination. We will also dilate your child's eyes in order to visually examine the health and development of the eyes' internal structures.
During an infant's eye exam, our optometrist will inspect your baby's eyes, looking for any signs of early disease such as infantile glaucoma or tumor. We will also test your child's ocular movement, tracking ability, and eye alignment.
A comprehensive pediatric eye exam screens your child's vision, testing for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism which diminish visual acuity. During a children's eye exam, we also look for signs of the following conditions:
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) is a condition in which a child's eyes develop differently, often resulting in total vision loss in one eye if left untreated. Treatment usually includes corrective lenses, eye patching, and vision therapy.
Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are misaligned. If left untreated, strabismus can cause amblyopia.
Some children have difficulty focusing on objects near or far away or maintaining focus when switching between the two. Treatments for this condition are similar to those for strabismus and amblyopia.
Convergence Insufficiency is a condition in which the eyes have a difficult time working together (using binocular vision).
Though commonly thought of as a disease associated with age, glaucoma is prevalent in patients of all ages and is often first detected in infancy.
We recommend scheduling a children's eye exam with our Playa Vista optometrist during a time when your infant, toddler, or child is usually awake and alert. Remember to bring a list of medications your child is taking, current or prior health conditions, and any symptoms your child might be experiencing to discuss with the doctor. Call us to schedule your child's appointment today.