What Parents and Children Can Expect During A Pediatric Ophthalmology Visit

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August 27, 2014

A child's vision and healthy eyes are important not only to overall health and well-being, but they also directly affect academic performance and behavior in school. While vision screenings given at a child's school each year may identify children who are at risk for problems with their vision, these screenings do not examine the overall health of the eyes.

A comprehensive pediatric eye examination is essential in the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems, injury and disease. Early detection allows treatment to begin before the child experiences difficulties in school due to poor vision, and can also help prevent permanent eye damage from occurring.

A professional eye examination performed by a certified ophthalmologist tests vision, while also evaluating the child's eyes for more serious conditions and diseases. The physicians at Westchester Eye Associates have been providing pediatric eye care for decades.

Children's eye examinations at 2 to 3 years of age usually include testing for a variety of vision problems and conditions, including but not limited to: Dyslexia, color blindness, peripheral awareness, near vision, distance vision, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), and focusing.

These are assessed through traditional eye charts, including charts that use special symbols instead of letters for young children; retinoscopy, which shines a light into the eye to examine the retina; and random dot stereopsis, which uses dot patterns to detect any differences between the two eyes.

Older children may undergo testing similar to those tests used for adults, including:

  • A visual field test
  • Dilation
  • Slit-lamp examination
  • Cover test
  • Retinoscopy
  • Refraction

In addition to detecting vision problems, our eye examinations check for common childhood conditions such as glaucoma, hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism, cataracts and tumors. These conditions are often present at birth as a result of genetics, and should be treated early to reduce the risk of complications.

It is important for parents to explain the importance of professional eye care and treatment to their children in order to encourage proper eye health and promote a lifetime of healthy eyes.

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For more information about the conditions we treat and any of the services we provide, please contact our Harrison office at (914) 949-9200 or our Yonkers office at (914) 476-0650 to schedule an appointment. The Staff at Westchester Eye Associates looks forward to meeting you!

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