According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected. Learning at each stage of your child’s life can be different, babies at their first months develop and learn about the world surrounding them using their sight.
As in the later stages, when your child enters first grade, your local optometrist should check that his or her visual resources develop according to their age, and don’t result in learning disabilities such as reading problems, or hard-eye coordination issues, which are associated with pediatric vision problems.
American Optometric Association recommends to visit an eye doctor near your for a pediatric eye exam at 6 months, 3 years, at the start of school, and continue these routine eye exams every 2 years following. However, if you’re concerned that your child might suffer of an eye condition or vision problem, or an annual vision test was recommended by tour pediatrician due to developmental delays, premature birth, crossed or lazy eyes or previous injuries, Dr. Brodsky recommends to visit our clinic on an annual basis.
Due to rapid vision changes during the growing period, we recommend kids who wear contacts or eyeglasses to visit us once every 12 months for check up, and prescription adjustment. Check out our child vision FAQ for more information.
Eye Exams in Infants: Birth – 24 Months
A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. Baby’s eyes and brain are figuring out how to work together in order to create clear images. Your child learns to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team. At this
At this stage the brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with the world. Proper development of your child’s vision at this stage has a direct effect on his or her motor development, including crawling, walking and hand-eye coordination.
As parents we need to keep a close look an our child’s development, and to make sure to book an eye exam at Dr. Michael Brodsky and Associates at 6 months. During this eye exam, the eye doctor in Allentown, PA will check that the child is seeing objects, able to track movement, and look for pediatric eye conditions that could effect your child’s vision, including strabismus (misalignment or crossing of the eyes), farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism.
Premature born babies and babies with early signs of developmental delay, are at high risk to develop vision problems, therefore they require more frequent visits to our office, to keep watch on his or her vision development.
Eye Exams in Preschool Children: 2-5
Many parents worry that we won’t be able to check pediatric vision accurately because their child hasn’t learned the alphabet well, or is too shy to answer our eye doctor’s questions. Fortunately, we have many varied and detailed ways to assess vision – even for kids who can’t read or won’t read aloud.
One method is retinoscopy, in which we shine a light into your child’s eyes and observe how the retina reflects it. Another effective technique involves using LEA symbols, which are specialized pictures (such as a house, circle or apple) that are used in place of basic letter and number charts. Random dot stereopsis is also beneficial as a way to evaluate eye teaming by displaying dot patterns to kids.
Looking for an pediatric optometrist near Allentown? Our eye doctors provide comprehensive eye exams and eye care services to children of all ages.
Eye Exams in School-Aged Children: Ages 6-18
We’ll examine your kid’s visual acuity carefully during these ages, as problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are common. If we diagnose a need for vision correction, we’ll prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses. Additionally, we’ll check eye health and eye alignment to inspect for any other abnormalities. Our professional optometrists will use a high-powered lens to look at the inner eye and retinal tissues for any problematic signs.
Proper learning, motor development, reading, and many other skills are dependent upon not only good vision but also the ability of your eyes to work together.
In addition to the symptoms written above, signs of vision problems in older children include:
- Short attention span
- Frequent blinking
- Avoiding reading
- Tilting the head to one side
- Losing their place often while reading
- Double vision
- Poor reading comprehension
Please note that the school nurse and your pediatrician will often do a basic vision screening, checking for acuity, or distance. While these screenings can be a good indicator of whether or not your child needs glasses, pediatricians and nurses do not check for other eye conditions, which can both play a part in your child’s ability to learn, as well as his or her’s long-term ocular health.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will check your child’s binocular vision, focusing, peripheral vision, color vision, and hand-eye coordination. Your eye doctor will also check for conditions such as
- Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
- Pediatric Cataracts
- Double Vision
- Pediatric Glaucoma
- Myopia (Nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
- Strabismus ( Misaligned eyes)
Eye Exam for Kids By Our Eye Doctor In Allentown
Due to the strong link between education and eyesight, it is very important to diagnose any pediatric vision conditions as early as possible. Regular pediatric eye exams are the best way to do this.
Our team of professional optometrists are all highly skilled and experienced in examining and treating kids. We will greet your child warmly, with a gentle and friendly manner. We understand that proper pediatric eye care depends upon a positive relationship between the child and eye doctor, and we are devoted to creating a pleasant experience for kids in our Allentown office.
If the eye doctor does determine that your child has a vision problem, they may discuss a number of therapeutic options such as eyeglasses or contact lenses, an eye patch, vision therapy or Ortho-k, depending on the condition and the doctor’s specialty. Since some conditions are much easier to treat when they are caught early while the eyes are still developing, it is important to diagnose any eye and vision issues as early as possible.
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Taking care of your child's vision before school starts can make all the difference in getting the school year off to a great start!