From a very early age, children use their eyesight to explore and learn about the world around them. You hope your child has healthy, fully functioning eyes, but a pediatric eye exam is the only way to know for sure.
At Advantage Eyecare in North Richland Hills, our knowledgeable optometrists, Drs. Mark and Arlene Schwartz, have comprehensive pediatric vision training. Our team is experienced at providing thorough eye exams for patients as young as 4 years old who live in North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Hurst, Bedford, Keller or Southlake. Whether you’re worried your child has a vision problem or you know it’s simply time for a routine eye exam, please visit our office in North Richland Hills today!
Importance of Eye Checkups for Kids
At preschool age, your child uses her eyesight to help with important learning tasks, such as recognizing shapes, colors and letters. This is a vital time to make sure poor eyesight isn’t holding your child back.
As kids get older, they need clear vision to get along in school, sports and other activities. It’s not uncommon for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and other vision problems to cause a misdiagnosis of learning difficulties or ADD. Scheduling regular eye exams with our skilled optometry team is the key to identifying issues and treating them appropriately.
What to Expect During a Pediatric Optometry Visit
When you bring your child to our eye doctors for a pediatric eye exam, the first step is to discuss any symptoms you’ve seen of vision problems in your child, such as excessive blinking, inability to maintain eye contact, poor eye tracking and frequent eye rubbing. We’ll also go over your child’s medical history, family history of vision problems and any allergies your child has.
Next, our optometry team tests young children’s vision using an LEA chart, which displays recognizable symbols instead of letters. Older children may use a standard eye chart. The purpose of this test is to detect refractive errors, including nearsightedness and farsightedness.
Then, a retinoscopy test involves shining a light in your child’s eyes and measuring how the light reflects. This is an approximate way to obtain an eye prescription if your child needs one.
A stereopsis test is next, which checks eye teaming and depth perception capabilities. The test involves wearing 3D glasses, looking at a booklet of patterns and identifying which shapes appear closer.
In addition to these vision tests, our optometrists also perform important eye health exams to ensure your child doesn’t have any eye diseases or retinal problems.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctors at Advantage Eyecare for Your Child
Our eye doctors are proud to provide eye exams for the whole family, from children starting at age 4 to seniors experiencing age-related eyesight degeneration. Trust Advantage Eyecare for your child’s next pediatric eye exam!