Woodlands Eye Associates promotecomprehensive pediatriceye exams for children startingat the age of 4. A lifetime of excellent eye health begins with your child’s firstcomprehensive pediatric eye exam. Healthy vision is essential to a child’s ability to learn and achieve their highest academic potential, play sports and participate in other activities.
When your child is ready for a thorough pediatriceye exam,we make sure their eye growth is healthy and their vision is developing normally. Early identification of a child's vision problem is crucial because children are more responsive to treatmentat an early ageand some problems may become irreversible once a child is older.This exam will also serve as a benchmark and used when evaluating future check-ups, sports accidents or eye disease.
If your child is involved in an accident injuring the eye, their initial eye exambecomes the standard or baseline used to evaluate or compare the current injury. Over the course of their recovery, the eye is monitored for progress based on this initial exam. It allows the therapeutic optometrist to know exactly how the child’s eyesight was affected. Children should also have a complete pediatriceye examination every two years throughout their school years. Our pediatric and adult examinations not only test for changes in vision that may require correction, but the health of the eye as well. We check for focus and alignment disorders that affect vision like:
- Amblyopia: sometimes called “lazy eye” means there is poor vision in the eye that has no developed normal site. Amblyopia can be a result of misaligned eyes. One eye may look straight ahead while the other turns in, out, up or down. The eye turn may be constant or may be occasional or intermittent. Signals from the misaligned eye are “turned off” by the brain to avoid double vision, so the child uses only the better-seeing eye.
- Ptosis: which is a drooping upper eyelid that covers the eye somewhat or entirely and blocks vision.
- “Cloudy” eyes: which are normally clear may indicate the child has a cataract or eye disorder needing treatment.
We also treat common childhood eye diseases and conditions like:
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye) - either a viral or bacterial infection (both very contagious), or an allergic reaction (not contagious).
- Chalazion - a small lump on the eyelid caused when an oil-secreting gland in the eyelid is clogged. It is not caused by an infection.
- Stye- red, sore lump near the edge of the eyelid, caused by an infected eyelash follicle.
- Cellulitis - an infection related to trauma, an upper respiratory infection or an eyelid infection.
- Blocked Tear Duct - eye’s drainage system for tears is either partially or completely obstructed. Tears cannot drain normally, causing watery, irritated or chronically infected eye.
At the start of every school year, hundreds of eye screenings are performed in elementary schools. But, did you know thatthese screeningsarenot comprehensive? School screenings only determine a child¹s distance vision. Very few school screenings include themuch needednear visionexam.Remember: an eye exam that only tests distance vision is NOT an adequate evaluation of a child's visual development.
Only an optometrist can perform a comprehensive pediatric eye exam. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to your child’s vision and eye health.
Just as children should visit the pediatrician and the dentist, they should also see a therapeutic optometrist to screen for vision problems.Schedule your child’s comprehensive pediatric eye exam now!