Pediatric Eye Exams

Pediatric Eye Exams Specialist

Pediatric eye exams should be part of your child’s overall health care routine. If your child seems to be struggling with their vision, or if they’re due for an eye exam, pediatric optometrist Ray Corbin-Simon, OD of In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare can help. They provide comprehensive children’s eye exams at their Piscataway, New Jersey clinic. Book your child’s eye exam online or over the phone.

Pediatric Eye Exams Q & A

How do I know if my child needs glasses?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, often develops during youth and progresses rapidly throughout preteen years. This is why regular pediatric eye exams are so important; your child isn’t always aware that their vision is changing. Some of the telltale signs that your little one might need eyeglasses or contact lenses include:

  • Squinting while reading (farsightedness)

  • Having difficulty focusing on objects far away (nearsightedness)

  • Frequent headaches

  • Learning disabilities

You might even notice that your child’s behavior changes. For instance, if your little one throws tantrums and refuses to do homework, it might be because they’re struggling to see their paperwork. Or they couldn’t see the board during class and feel like they’re behind.

What happens during a pediatric eye exam?

The optometry specialists at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare understand how overwhelming an eye exam can be for a child, especially if they’re getting glasses or contact lenses for the first time. Each pediatric eye exam revolves around care and compassion, so your child feels relaxed. Some of the most common components of a pediatric eye exam include:

  • Pediatric distance visual acuity with a symbols chart

  • Retinoscopy, which is the bright light used to evaluate reflection

  • Random dot stereopsis to see how well eyes work together

Your pediatric optometrist also spends time checking your child’s vision and if needed, finds the right prescription lens for their needs. The clinic boasts a wide variety of frames for children, so your little one can try on many styles and colors during their visit.

How often does my child need an eye exam?

It depends on their age and overall eye health. Your child should have their first pediatric eye exam around 6 months of age. Typically they don’t need eye exams again until age 3, then once again before they begin first grade.

Plan on bringing your child to In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare for routine pediatric eye exams every year if they need corrective eyewear. If they don’t need eyeglasses or contacts and their eyes are developing healthfully, they may only need eye exams every two years.

If your little one is due for an eye exam, book their appointment at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare today. You can request an appointment online, or call the office.

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