Why it is important for kids to have a comprehensive eye exam every year?
Comprehensive eye exams allow our optometrists to monitor and maintain the eye health of our patients.
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.What is a Comprehensive Eye Exam?
Part of your regular health care is periodic eye exams with your eye doctor. As with so many other illnesses, many things can go wrong with your eyes that are not obvious and present no symptoms. Our eye doctors will determine what tests need to be performed during your annual exam. Your eye health history tells the eye doctor a lot and can play a large role when it is time to develop a course of action. Some of the tests we may want to perform include:
Visual acuity – This tests how clearly you can see. Your vision is checked for both near and far vision.
Keratometry – This is a test of the curvature of the cornea and helps with fitting contact lenses.
Refraction – This test helps the doctor determine the amount of correction your vision needs.
Other tests that can be performed require the eye to be dilated. Our optometrists will decide when this is a necessary option. The pressure inside your eye may be tested to check for glaucoma. Any family history of diabetes, cataracts, or glaucoma may increase your risk of developing these conditions.
Back to School Eye Exams
Did you know that the American Optometric Association (AOA) reports that 75% of school vision screenings miss vision problems, and 61% of children with vision problems never see an eye doctor? This is not good🤓!
Are your child’s eyes ‘school ready’?
Imagine trying to learn with blurry vision, eye strain or even headaches?
Undiagnosed vision problems can impede a child’s ability to learn, which is why eye doctors highly recommend that children have a comprehensive eye exam before the start of the new school year.
While it may be tempting to rely on school-provided vision screenings or screenings at the pediatrician’s office, these simple visual acuity tests can detect only a few vision problems, such as nearsightedness (myopia). They offer no reassurance that your child’s eyes are ready to handle the challenges of school and homework.
During a full eye exam, an eye doctor can assess a child’s vision and eye health, as well as visual skills like depth perception and eye tracking, and will tell you whether your child’s eyes are “school-ready.”
Eye exams are something that start from birth with children. Once they start school, getting a back-to-school eye exam will help ensure that your children see as clearly as they should and that their eyes are working together. Our eye doctors will know what to watch out for after consulting your family history of eye health issues.
All children can have a baseline comprehensive eye exam at our practice, at age 6-12 months, free of charge, regardless of income, as part of the NATIONAL INFANTSEE PROGRAM.