Children's eye exam

A proper children's eye exam includes special tests

The following tests should be included in a comprehensive vision exam:

Additional children's vision tests that we do at our Vancouver clinic

Depending on the results of these evaluations, additional tests of visual development and visual perceptual abilities may be needed to effectively assess a patient's total visual status.

Testing with eye drops is sometimes used to evaluate the refractive status or health of the eyes. However, these eye drops can alter test results and mask significant visual problems. Therefore, testing with eye drops should be deferred until after the first comprehensive vision examination. A complete functional evaluation of all visual abilities should be conducted first.

Any reading or learning difficulties experienced by you or your child should be brought to the attention of the doctor. Request an evaluation to detect whether learning-related vision problems are present.

Once testing is completed, the doctor should review all findings with the patient or parent and provide consultation and recommendations regarding any needed treatment.

It's amazing what can happen in an children's eye exam

 

 

Hannah was diagnosed with amblyopia during a routine eye exam

 

A routine eye exam at age 3 found that Kelly's eye was not working properly. Thanks to vision therapy, she now sees, learns and plays as well as she should.

 

 


Vision therapy is an effective treatment for adults with convergence insufficiency

A child's first eye exam should be a six months of age? Many eye health and vision problems that could effect development can be tested for even before you child can speak or read.

 

Most parents don't konw about a child's first eye exam should be before they turn one.

"A survey conducted in the United States shows that most adults are unaware that 10 percent of infants have an undetected vision problem, which, if left untreated, could become serious and lead to other problems.  

It is recommended that a child go to an optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination before the age of one.  However, only 18 percent of parents who participated in the American Optometric Association's American Eye-Q survey reported taking their child to an eye doctor before the child's first birthday. 

Optometrists have special tests for babies to diagnose eye conditions, which allow babies to be examined before they can read or even speak.  It is recommended that you take your baby to the optometrist for her first eye examination at six months of age. "

- See for Life, March 5, 2012, Most people don't know about the critical eye exam for babies in their first year of life

 

Children's vision tips for parents

For tips on how to detect symptoms of visual disorders and diseases in your child, download Your Child’s Eye Health, a PDF brochure that gives you essential information on children’s eye exams and the importance of vision to childhood learning. It also lists common children’s visual conditions and their warning signs.

For tips on how to detect symptoms of visual disorders and diseases in your child, download Your Child’s Eye Health, a PDF brochure that gives you essential information on children’s eye exams and the importance of vision to childhood learning. It also lists common children’s visual conditions and their warning signs.

Your Child's Eye Health

La santédes yeux de votre enfant

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La salud visual de su niño

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Neuroscientist (and adult vision therapy success story) Dr. Susan Barry gives a TED Talk about depth perception and vision therapy: