Pediatric Eye Exams: Going Back to School with New Eyes!
At Vision Source Shadow Creek, we see a lot of different patients from different age groups and walks of life for annual eye exams.
However, we are a bit biased with the ones that brighten our day the most, and those are our kids!
Our pediatric patients always find a way to bring so much happiness to our office.
This week was “Back To School” week in Houston and because of that we had the pleasure of seeing LOTS of children for their annual eye exams for the last month. These kids sat with Dr. Dipak Kalani and Dr. Linda Haidar at our office, and some got new glasses, some got new contact lenses, and some stayed the same. What they all had in common is that they all had very thorough exams.
During a pediatric exam, the doctors at Vision Source Shadow Creek perform the most comprehensive eye exam in town! An eye exam is more than just checking vision. We check the complete health of the eye from front to back. Every pediatric patient does 3-4 pretesting checks, we measure their eye pressure, check their visual fields, and also take a digital retinal image. In the exam room, our doctors will review all tests and perform a detailed exam of the eye to make sure the child’s eyes are aligned, that they have good corneal health and then they perform a refraction that will determine the prescription needed to get that pediatric patient to have 20/20 vision.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. They then should have their eyes examined at age 3 and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6. School-aged children should have an eye exam at least every two years if no vision correction is required. For more information on the NEEDS for kids’ eye exams, read this article.
Dr. Haidar says “I love seeing these kids. They come in with so much excitement and even those that come in nervous, they end up leaving so happy with their new pair of glasses or with their ability to ‘graduate’ to
contact lenses. They always find a way to brighten up our staff’s days.”
80% of learning is Visual!
If your little ones need annual eye exams or you have noticed that they are squinting or struggling to see what they used to be able to see, it may be time to get their eyes checked again. Please call us at 713-436-7544 to schedule an appointment!