It is important to receive regular family eye care regardless of your age. Children, adults, and the elderly all have differing eye care needs that can only be addressed through regular visits to an optometrist. Regular eye exams are particularly important for children and adolescents, as eyesight plays a critical role in academic performance. It also allows our eye doctor to diagnose and address eye problems before vision loss is allowed to occur.
Ideal Eye Exam Routine
We recommend parents to bring their children for an eye exam at six months as pediatric eye care helps us confirm whether or not your child is growing normally. After this exam, the next appointment is at three years and when they join first grade. From 18 years, they should consult our optometrist every one to two years, until they’re 65 years old.
Importance of Regular Eye Exams
Your child’s vision is essential for both their mental and physical development, as academic performance and general well-being are linked to better eyesight. Remember that conditions like amblyopia can be managed in small children but is irreversible when your child reaches adulthood.
What to Expect from Pediatric Eye Care
When you bring your child for their first pediatric eye exam, our eye doctor will ask you about your child’s birth history including their birth weight and any complications that may have affected them. They will also ask whether your family has a history of ocular disease. If your child is between 6 months to two years, we will test for the pupil response when the lights are on or off.
Our optometrist performs a comprehensive eye exam during your child’s pre-school years (2 to 5 years), including tests for stereopsis (3D vision), lazy eye, visual acuity, and color vision. From the age of 6 to 18 years, we perform visual skills necessary for sports performance, learning, and reading. For instance, we perform eye focusing tests to confirm your child’s ability to maintain clear vision when switching between near to distant objects. We also test for visual perception.
Conditions We Manage
We can detect different eye conditions if you adhere to our recommended family eye care testing. Here are the common eye problems we can address.
Epiphora (Childhood Tearing)
This condition can be diagnosed during your child’s infant years and results from the blockage of the tear drainage system. The common treatment for this condition is eye drops and sac massage, but surgery may be necessary if tearing persists.
Also referred to as the double vision, patients with this condition see objects in two places simultaneously. Our eye doctor can correct this eye problem through strabismus surgery or prism glasses.
Contact Our Optometrist for Family Eye Care in Prosper
You don’t have to let your child struggle with an eye problem that could impact better vision in the future. For more information on family eye care or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor, call Eye Gallery Prosper today at .