If you are like many parents, you don’t think about having your children’s eyes examined until they are older or having a vision problem. But did you know the American Optometric Association (AOA), recommends children have an eye exam around age 3 and just before they enter first grade — at about age 5 or 6? At Cunningham Vision Care, our pediatric eye doctors have 26 years of helping kids with their annual eye exams and correcting vision problems.
How Do You Know Your Child Needs an Eye Exam?
If there is a history of vision problems in your family, it is a good idea to start your kids’ eye exams as soon as possible. You may not realize your child needs an exam because often he or she doesn’t know how to tell you what is wrong. Annual eye exams and early detection of changes can restore their vision and stop vision loss while your child's eyes are still developing. Vision correction makes a huge difference in their learning capabilities, schoolwork, and sports.
Signs Your Child May Have Vision Issues
If any of the following issues sound familiar, please be sure to tell your Cunningham Vision Care eye doctor at the time of your child’s exam so we can look for specific problems or eye diseases.
- Holds things really close in order to see them
- Squints when reading or looking in the distance
- Closes one eye when viewing printed materials, tablets, or the TV
- One eye doesn’t seem to follow the other
- Complains of things looking fuzzy or blurry
- Objects coming at them from the side are often missed
- Clumsy, lacking hand-eye coordination
- Difficulties learning basic skills at school (click here for Vision Therapy page)
- Delayed motor development
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Excessive blinking
- Failure to maintain eye contact
- Inability to maintain a gaze (fixation) while looking at objects
What Does a Pediatric Exam Include?
When a Cunningham Vision Care pediatric optometrist meets with you and your child, we will ask questions about family history and any signs that may indicate vision loss. We are very patient and take as much time needed to have your child’s experience be a pleasant one. We enjoy kids and make their time with us stress-free and fun.
During the eye exam we assess:
- Health of the eye – this is a complete evaluation of external and internal eye, this relates to diagnosis of many eye diseases, disorders or conditions
- Visual Acuity – the sharpness of vision
- Color vision – the ability to identify and differentiate color
- Depth perception – the ability of both eyes to work together
- Ocular Pressure – too high or low can cause problems
- Accurate glasses or contact lens prescription – whatever is best for your child’s needs
Children’s Glasses & Contact Lenses
When you decide to put your child in eyeglasses or pediatric contact lenses, our expertise is second-to-none! We love working with children and enjoy the rewards of having them see clearly. We ensure a proper comfortable fit so your child will want to wear them and take care of them. Our large inventory of children’s glasses and contact lenses and supplies simplifies the selection process.
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Timely attention to your child’s vision will prevent further vision loss and the problems associated with it. Our Chesterfield and St. Charles area pediatric optometrists offer a fun, no-hassle children’s eye exam and an eyeglasses or contact lens consultation. We also have extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Contact us today and get your child on the road to healthy vision early.