Pediatric Eye Care

During the first 12 years of life, 80 percent of all learning is through vision.

Children are welcome here!

At Vincett Eye Care Associates, we have booster seats, special eye charts, and fun ways to help our youngest patients relax and receive their care. Once children realize there are no shots or pain associated with an eye exam, they are usually fascinated by our equipment and actually enjoy coming to our offices.

 

Recommendations for Professional Pediatric Eye Care

Children experience rapid changes to their bodies and vision while growing. We recommend a clinical assessment of your baby's eyes between ages 6 months to one year – especially if your child was born prematurely, has a lazy eye, crossed eyes, or there is a family history of eye disease or high eyeglass prescriptions. Once children reach the age of five, eye examinations should be conducted yearly.

Professional eye care is an important part of a child's annual health care routine. Vision problems detected early are more responsive to treatment, and may help avoid the need for glasses or a strong vision prescription later on in life.

 

School Screenings are NOT a Substitute for a Comprehensive Vision Examination.

  • Although school screenings and pediatric visits are helpful, they only detect 20 to 30 percent of vision problems. Most of the vision skills that have been shown to affect learning are not evaluated, such as eye coordination, eye movement, focusing, and visual perception.
  • The only way to know if a child is seeing at their best is through a professional eye examination. Children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don't know what "normal" vision looks like.
  • The earlier a vision problem is detected the more responsive the visual system is to treatment and the more likely a child may avoid or reduce their dependence on glasses later on. Children do not have to know their letters or have good verbal skills to receive a comprehensive exam.
  • Vision affects fine motor skills. Children with poor vision can have trouble accomplishing physical tasks that come naturally to other youngsters.
  • Vision impairment directly affects learning and the ability to focus on a task.