Pediatric optometry refers to the examination of children’s eyes by optometrists who are trained in evaluating and treating visual disorders in children. Seeing is our dominant sense and our primary source for gathering information in learning. Vision problems can have a profound effect on how children learn. Many children who experience academic difficulty may have a visual dysfunction in addition to their primary learning and learning dysfunction. These conditions are treatable. Many learning difficulties can be attributed to vision problems that are not detected during typical school vision screenings. This is why we strongly feel that all children aged 6 months and older should have an annual Pediatric Eye Exam, to allow for any possible conditions to be identified at early stages and be treated properly.
How do you examine my children’s eyes when they are too young to talk?
The vision examination by the optometrists includes evaluation of the child’s eye muscle movements, visual behavior, and dilation of the eyes. The dilation of the eye allows the doctor to determine if there is a need for glasses in the child’s eye even if the child is non verbal. The dilation also allows the doctor to view the structures inside the eye to look for abnormalities of the retina or optic nerve.
What if my child needs glasses?
If it is determined that your child needs glasses, our optometrists will write a prescription for eyeglasses and direct you toward filling that prescription and how your child should wear the glasses.
Can my child wear contact lenses?
Many young patients can wear contact lenses instead of glasses around age 12. Our optometrists can determine if your child is able and ready to wear contacts lenses.
What if my child need Vision Therapy?
If we determine that your child need to have vision therapy Dr. Gonzalez will sit with your family and develop a therapy program that is fit for your child's specific needs.