Sharp eyesight is necessary for your child to learn well and play sports. Kids who can’t see clearly often fail at many tasks, which leads to poor self-esteem. This can snowball into difficulty with socializing and forming friend relationships. An undetected or untreated vision condition can thereby put your child at risk for many problems. How can you prevent an undetected vision condition? Bring your child for regular pediatric eye exams with Dr. August Wallace, at our office in the Marketplace Shopping Center just north of the Burlington Coat Factory located in Longview, TX.
Starting from infancy and continuing through all stages of development, children need acute vision to explore and make sense of the world around them. Checking for sharp eyesight involves much more than diagnosing nearsightedness or farsightedness. Our experienced and friendly Longview eye doctor will examine your kid’s total visual system. If you have any concerns or questions, please share them with us. Your child’s visual condition and prevention of ocular diseases are our focus.
When do kids need an eye exam?
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), these are the basic guidelines::
1st exam: six months old
2nd exam: 3 years old
3rd exam: before starting elementary school, about 5-6 years old
Follow-up exams: a minimum of every 2 years for kids without eyeglasses or pediatric risk factors. If your child requires any type of vision treatment, consult with our optometrist about how frequently pediatric eye exams are needed.
What does the eye doctor check during a pediatric eye exam in Longview?
Your child’s age, stage of development, health condition and medical eye history will largely determine the specific tests and procedures that Dr. Wallace will perform. Each kid is unique, and we personalize our pediatric eye exams to suit each individual.
Using advanced diagnostics and a gentle touch, our Hallsville optometrist will evaluate a wide range of vision-related skills, including all or some of the following:
- Visual acuity
- Accommodation (focusing ability)
- Binocularity (eye teaming)
- Hand-eye coordination
- Tracking skills
- Eye health – we will inspect the condition of inner eye tissues, checking for any signs of disease or abnormality
- Color vision
- Peripheral vision
Many milestones are reached in the first few months of your baby’s life. The visual system matures quickly during this time. As the brain learns to comprehend visual cues from the eyes, binocularity and focusing coordinate to work together. Many motor skills, such as eye-hand coordination, crawling, climbing and walking, depend upon healthy vision. We will examine your infant’s eyes and development to verify that all is working properly!
Preschool Age Kids, 2-5 years old
Children in preschool are always on the go and learning constantly! This is when they are first introduced to reading and writing, drawing and games that depend upon good coordination and perception skills.
Parents and teachers should be on alert for any of these warning signs in kids:
- Sitting close to screens or holding objects and books next to the face
- Avoidance of doing workbook pages or puzzles
- Frequent Headaches
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us to schedule a pediatric eye exam in our Longview office. We’ll inspect your kid’s visual acuity and evaluate functional vision, looking out for problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes), and other common vision conditions that can interfere with learning.
School Age, 6-18 years old
Undetected and untreated vision conditions can severely affect your child’s all-around performance. Red flags to watch out for include:
- Difficulty keeping place while reading
- Double vision
- Trouble holding focus for long periods
- Frequent headaches
- Constant blinking
All of the above symptoms point to a need to schedule an eye exam for kids.
Vision Correction or Treatment
After your child’s eye examination, we will share the results with you. If vision correction is required, we’ll design the best treatment plan together. This may include eyeglasses or contact lenses, wearing an eye patch, vision therapy or ortho-k lenses. It all depends upon your kid’s personal diagnosis.
We aim to optimize children’s vision in order to maximize their potential! We’re pleased to serve families from Longview, and all surrounding communities including Hallsville, Gilmer and Marshall in our pleasant and convenient office in the Marketplace Shopping Center.