Having good vision is extremely important for normal growth and development during childhood. Pediatric eye exams are designed to assess the vision and eye function of a child with a special emphasis on diseases and disorders that are more likely to occur during the growth and development years. Plus, children's eye exams also look for issues that could be interfering with the child's ability to learn and participate in social and extracurricular activities.
For the best possible care, an eye doctor should be selected who has experience diagnosing and managing childhood vision disorders.
During an eye exam, a series of assessments will be performed to test many aspects of vision and eye health, including tests of visual acuity (how clearly the child sees objects at different distances), peripheral vision, color perception and depth perception. The doctor will also assess how well the eyes function together and how well they track objects that move across the field of vision.
Next, the health of the eye will be evaluated. Bright light will be used to look closely at the superficial structures of the eyes, and special drops may be used to dilate the pupils so the retina, optic nerve, and other internal structures can be evaluated.
The exam will also include evaluations for disorders most likely to become apparent in childhood, including strabismus (crossed or misaligned eyes) and amblyopia (“lazy eye”). If a vision problem is detected, a special device will enable the child to “try on” different lenses so eyeglasses can be accurately prescribed.
Vision therapy uses special exercises and activities to strengthen the eye and improve eye function and vision. The aim is to correct problems while reducing the need for eyeglasses. Vision therapy activities can be customized to the needs of each patient, and a special functional evaluation can be performed to determine which activities would be most beneficial.
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