While it is customary for your child to receive a brief vision screening during an annual physical, it is imperative to understand that these screenings do not replace a comprehensive examination. At Santee Vision Care Center Optometry in Santee, CA, we provide pediatric eye exams to detect any eye conditions or diseases and provide your child with the necessary treatment. Before visiting us, learn more about the importance of these exams below:
The Importance of Visiting an Eye Doctor
Our eye doctor utilizes specialized clinical tools and assessments to evaluate your child's ocular health and visual abilities. Since many learning skills depend on binocular vision, accurate eye movements, and the ability to see distant objects, we recommend that children have their first eye exam before they start school. At our practice, we ensure that your child receives quality care, stays comfortable during the entire exams, and receives treatment to improve their vision if it may be needed.
Vision Screenings vs. Comprehensive Eye Exams
Many schools conduct vision screenings to identify any vision problems that might impact a child's learning ability. However, even if your child has passed a vision screening at their school, we recommend scheduling a comprehensive eye exam.
At What Age Should My Child Have Their First Eye Exam?
Children should have an initial eye exam when they are six months of age, which allows our optometrist to check if their eyes are developing properly. Afterward, your child should receive an eye exam annually.
What to Expect During Your Child's First Eye Exam
During your child's first visit at our optometry, we will ask about your child's birth history, including any complications during pregnancy or delivery, birth weight, and whether they were born full-term. Make sure to inform our optometrist about any delay in motor development and whether you have noticed frequent eye rubbing or blinking. Along with that, let us know if your child is having difficulty maintaining eye contact, has poor tracking skills, or has failed a vision screening conducted by their school or pediatrician.
Eye Exams for Infants
Babies who are six months old are tested for visual skills, color vision, and depth perception. Our eye doctor typically checks pupil responses, the infant's ability to fixate and follow, and performs a preferential looking test.
Eye Exams for Preschool Children
During the preschool years, children engage in various activities, such as coloring, drawing, stacking blocks, and playing with balls, which requires a healthy development of visual skills. Young children continuously acquire new skills that prepare them to learn how to read and write. Visual skills, such as visual perceptual skills, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills, are also crucial for learning and academic success.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
To schedule a pediatric eye exam, contact Santee Vision Care Center Optometry in Santee, CA, at (619) 562-6220 today. We are happy to tell you more about the process and set you up with an appointment!