Yes, Your Child Should Have Regular Eye Exams

Yes, Your Child Should Have Regular Eye Exams

As a parent, you put your child’s health at the top of your priority list. But between making sure they get the right foods and nutrition, adequate physical activity and exercise, and routine medical care, sometimes vision and eye health gets overlooked. 

That’s why Stacy Turner, OD, and the team at Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas, want to help you understand the importance of regular eye exams in protecting your child’s eye health, vision, and performance in school, sports and other activities.  

Why are regular eye exams important for my child?

Your child’s pediatrician or school probably gives your child a brief vision screening. But these simple screenings aren’t a substitute for a regular eye exam with an eye care specialist. 

Children’s vision can change every year

Children’s bodies change at a rapid rate. This means that even if your child had great vision last year, their vision might be different this year since vision also changes

Changes in vision might happen gradually, or there can be a rapid difference. As your child approaches puberty and their teenage years, vision changes become more common due to changing hormone levels. 

Children can’t always tell their vision has changed — especially when it happens slowly. Getting regular eye exams identifies any issues and corrects them so your child enjoys excellent vision and eye health. 

Not having clear vision affects your child’s learning

If your child can’t clearly read the board or easily read assignments, it can have a noticeable impact on their ability to learn. You may notice their grades begin to slip, or their teacher might report behavioral changes. 

Routine eye exams help catch and correct these vision issues. Once your child can see well, it’s easier for them to stay engaged at school and keep up with homework and in-class assignments. 

Regular eye exams can help catch issues early

Beyond catching visual acuity problems, like farsightedness or nearsightedness, regular eye exams help catch more serious ocular health issues early. And when issues are identified in early stages, treatment is generally easier and prognosis typically better. 

Correcting vision issues keeps your child comfortable and safe

Being able to see clearly helps keep your child comfortable throughout the day — both at school and at home. Good vision also helps keep your child safe as they can see better when crossing the road or, when they get their driver’s license, while operating a vehicle. 

What can we expect at a children’s eye exam?

At Eldorado Vision & Optical, Dr. Turner uses special diagnostic tools and assessment to evaluate your child’s vision and their ocular health. 

You should come prepared to answer general questions about your family history of any eye-related diseases, your child’s general health history, and any previous eye or vision issues they may have — including allergies. 

Dr. Turner checks your child’s eye health and conducts special tests to check visual acuity, color vision, eye tracking, convergence, internal eye pressure, the curvature of their cornea, and signs of eye issues, like lazy eye. We can also check the health of your child’s retina without dilation using Optomap®.  Optomap is reliable, repeatable, easy, and comfortable for children.

When it comes to visual acuity assessments, our practice uses special symbols for young children who can’t easily identify letters or numbers.  Dr. Turner discusses the individual visual demands of each child.

If Dr. Turner identifies any issues that can be rectified with glasses or other corrective lenses, like contacts for older adolescents, our team works with you to find lenses that fit your child well and work within your budget.

Ready to bring your child in for a routine eye exam? Request an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Turner at Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas, today.

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