No matter your age, having your eyes examined by an optometrist is important. Infants as young as six months can have an eye exam. Thereafter, they can have another exam around three years of age and another before starting kindergarten. At Stine Eye Center, we have been providing residents of Weston, WI with reliable eye care services for many years including pediatric eye exams.
Eye Exams for Children
School-aged children should have an eye exam every two years at a minimum. If your child is wearing glasses or contacts, annual checkups are recommended to see if any changes are needed. As parents, it's important to realize how important a clear vision is for success in school. The majority of all learning is presented is in a visual format. Younger kids may be reluctant to share that they are having difficulty seeing clearly. Many times, significant improvement in academic performance occurs after a child’s vision is corrected.
What Happens During a Pediatric Eye Exam?
Our eye doctor begins by examining the front structures of the eyes which include the cornea and eyelids. Dilation is used to look into the back regions of the eye including the optic nerve and the retina. A comprehensive exam will also involve a refraction test to see if your child should have eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other tests our optometrist may perform include:
- Visual acuity test: We will examine how your child can see at different distances and also conduct a test for depth perception.
- Pupil dilation test: Our optometrist will see how your child's pupils respond to light.
We will check your child’s eye function and movement to make sure everything is normal. Peripheral vision will also be tested.
If it's determined that your child needs vision correction, our team will discuss this information with you. During all exams, we help children feel comfortable and provide a nurturing environment. Common eye conditions for kids include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Children can also suffer from amblyopia, which occurs when one eye is weaker than the other. Our optometrist provides individual treatment plans and/or vision correction to help meet the needs of your child.
Contact Our Optometrist in Weston, WI Today
If you are looking for pediatric eye care in Weston, WI, the optometry professionals at Stine Eye Center are ready to assist you. Call us today at (715) 241-2020 for more information or to schedule a pediatric eye exam.