Comprehensive eye exams by a licensed optometrist who is comfortable seeing children is important because it helps to ensure that children have healthy vision throughout their development.

Common disorders found in children such as lazy eye, myopia and presbyopia are best treated as soon as possible. Early detection and early diagnosis of eye disorders is the key to your child’s eye health.

Ensuring that children’s vision is healthy can help them perform better in school and in other areas.

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What should parents look for when choosing aN optometrist?

When choosing an optometrist for your child, it is important for parents to consider the training and experience of the doctor.  It is also important to make sure that the optometrist is comfortable working with children and has a good bedside manner.  Additionally, parents should ask about the optometrist’s policies on things like contact lenses and glasses for children.  Finally, parents should make sure that the optometry care is covered by their insurance plan.

 Common pediatric eye conditions

There are many different types of eye conditions that can affect children. Some of the more common ones include:

Amblyopia (“lazy eye”): This is a condition in which the vision in one eye is not as good as it should be because the brain has favored the other eye. It is the most common cause of vision problems in children.

Strabismus: This is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned properly. It can cause crossed eyes or a “wall-eyed” appearance.

Refractive errors: These are conditions that cause the eye to focus light improperly, resulting in blurred vision. The most common type of refractive error is nearsightedness.

Nystagmus: This is a condition in which the eyes make repetitive, rapid movements. It can cause the eyes to appear to “jump” or “dance.”

Myopia is rapidly becoming more common in children. We’re excited to share Myopia Control, a cutting-edge treatment specially designed to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.

Additionally, more serious conditions such as retinopathy of prematurity and infantile cataracts may require referral to a specialist. 

In many cases, the earlier that a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome will be for the child.

We love working with pediatric patients! If you have concerns about your child’s vision or eye health, schedule an appointment now.

How often should children have their eyes examined?

It is generally recommended that children have their eyes examined at least once a year.
However, some children may need to be seen more frequently if they have a family history of eye problems or if they are showing signs of vision problems.
If you are concerned about your child’s vision, please make an appointment with Dr. Novak.

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