Eye exams for kids are just as important as those for adults. At Shreveport Eye Clinic, we take vision and eye health seriously. We recommend bringing your child in for an annual exam by the time they are walking or as young as six months. This can provide an evaluation of their vision and eye health, while also allowing us to screen your child for preventable conditions or complications down the road.
Why Schedule a Pediatric Eye Exam?
According to the National Commission on Vision & Health, 25% of children aged 5 to 17 suffer from vision problems, and many of these go undetected. We recommend an annual eye exam for any child that has a higher risk of eye problems or every three years prior to kindergarten for those with low risk. Annual vision screenings are ideal.
Vision quality and eye health can really impact your child.:
- Some children with poor grades or suspected learning disabilities may actually be suffering from complex eye health or vision concerns, which can be helped with corrective treatments.
- Some conditions, such as lazy eye, can be rectified if caught early enough.
Intervention at a young age can improve outcomes for many diseases and conditions. In other cases, it can slow progression or even prevent complications. Most importantly, we’ll work with you to ensure your child has the best level of vision possible so that he or she isn’t limited beyond what is necessary in activities, in school or at home.
What You Can Expect from your Pediatric Eye Exam Visit
When your child comes in for a pediatric eye exam with our team, he or she will receive a friendly, welcoming reception. Our goal is to make this a comfortable experience. We offer vision screenings that are age-appropriate, allowing your child the best opportunity to communicate their specific vision problems to us. After a comprehensive eye exam, we may recommend care as needed.
- Watchful waiting may be necessary for minor vision concerns.
- We may recommend prescription eyeglasses to young children and contacts to older children.
- Some children may need more advanced care, including treatment for underlying health conditions.
- Children participating in sports may benefit from protective vision care.
How Should I Prepare for a Pediatric Eye Exam?
- Bring your child’s glasses and/or contact lenses if they wear them.
- Bring your child’s eye medications and a list of any other medications with you.