Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams

A pediatric eye exam provides a professional assessment of your child's eye and vision health. Eye and vision care are instrumental for ensuring that your child's eyes are healthy and have no vision complications that can disrupt their school performance and daily life. Are you a parent with a child who is experiencing vision problems? Our team at Dr.Philip Dixon, O.D. optometry is ready to help. Our Reedley optometrist will conduct a comprehensive eye exam so we can detect and diagnose any eye-related issues your child might have and design the appropriate treatment plan.

Pediatric Eye Exams

When Does a Child Require a Pediatric Eye Exam?

Vision screenings are performed at routine check-ups. It's prudent for parents to know that the earlier eye conditions are diagnosed, the easier it is for us to provide your child the necessary treatment for maintaining eye health. Other instances where children need pediatric eye exams include:

  • Infants with specific symptoms: Poor tracking or visual behavior, an eye that seems to wander, cross, drift, or anomalous white-eye.
  • School performance issues: Children suffering from undiagnosed or neglected visual problems can lead to poor performance in school.
  • Children with learning challenges: Poor vision can make it difficult for a child to keep up with other classmates while learning. Uncorrected vision issues lead to difficulty while reading and performing other tasks in school.

What Happens During a Pediatric Eye Exam?

  • Inquiring about medical and family history: Certain medical conditions or having a family history of some eye conditions may amplify a child's likelihood of developing eye problems.
  • Performing standard eye exams: Eye and vision tests establish an understanding of a child's visual acuity, functioning of both the pupil and eye muscles.
  • Dilating the eyes: This involves the placement of special drops in the child's eye to dilate their pupils.
  • Eye structure and refractive exam: Upon dilation of the eyes, our pediatric eye doctor examines the eye's structure, including the iris, lens, cornea, retina, and optic nerve.
  • Getting results: Our family eye doctor will use this information to design a formidable treatment plan, answer any queries, and schedule follow-ups if necessary.

Contact Us for Family Eye Care from Our Optometrist in Reedley, CA

If your child needs an eye exam, Dr.Philip Dixon, O.D. is here to help. We help children of all ages manage whatever eye issues they may be dealing with to improve eye functionality for the future. Our optometrist will assess how well your child's eyes are developing and notice any potential issues early on. Contact our Reedley office today to learn more about how we can help you and your family through our various optometry services.

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