Tips & Advice
What are the benefits of regularly getting an eye exam for children?
The benefits of regular eye exams for children are increased eye health. Regular exams not only lead to early diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions and vision, they can aid in the development of a child by identifying potential disorders at an early age.
Can children get contact lenses?
Children can absolutely wear contacts from as young an age as infancy. The child’s eyes are able to be fitted for, and are capable of handling, contact lenses at a young age. However, do not automatically assume this is true for every child or every situation. An r optometrist can determine each child’s ability to accommodate contacts.
When should a child have the first eye exam?
It is recommended by the American Optometric Association that a child have their first eye exam at 6 months of age. However, if there are noticeable issues or symptoms it is strongly recommended to consult your pediatrician and/optometrist immediately. Pediatricians are capable of basic eye examinations but are not equipped (unless licensed) to do in-depth tests and examinations.
How often should a child's vision be checked?
It is recommended that children have their first eye exam at six months of age. If no conditions exist or problems develop, age 3 is the next recommended check-up age. Again, barring any unusual symptoms, have your child checked around age 5 to 6 or before they enter preschool. If your child has existing conditions, they might need more frequent visits. A pediatrician is your first line of defense and upon routine examinations, they can note anything unusual, and help guide you to specialists.
What does a pediatric optometrist check during an eye exam?
During a pediatric eye exam the eyes are checked for strabismus (a misalignment or crossing of the eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), as well as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatisms. In addition, and depending on age, the optometrist can check for binocular vision, focusing, peripheral vision, color vision, hand-eye coordination, and tracking.
What is a pediatric optometrist?
Pediatric optometrists are licensed and trained to examine, evaluate, and treat eye disorders, specifically in children. These are not just physical or visual conditions, but conditions that can be symptomatic of bigger, possibly developmental issues. For more advanced treatments, patients might need to seek the help of an ophthalmologist who can perform optic surgeries.
How long does it take to get a pair of glasses repaired?
It doesn't take long to get a pair of glasses repaired, and most problems can be addressed fairly quickly. If your frames need to be welded or fused, this can usually be done in 24-48 hours. It takes roughly the same time to make adjustments and overhauls to the frame, and to fix broken screws. However, replacing a broken lens could take 72 hours or more.
Can scratches on a glass lens be repaired?
Small scratches on a glass lens can be repaired, but it's not possible to fix deeper scratches. Rub toothpaste or a thick paste of baking soda and water on the affected area for about 30 seconds to smooth out minor scratches. Store-bought scratch removal products are also available, but be sure to use ones that are designed for glass lenses.
How much does it cost to get glasses repaired?
The cost of getting glasses repaired can range from $10- $50 or more. If metal frames need to be welded, this can cost $35-$45. Repairing broken screws on eyeglass frames can cost $10-$30. If you need to have plastic eyewear frames fused, expect to pay $35-$45.
How can someone adjust the nose pads on glasses?
You can use your thumb to adjust the nose pads on glasses. If your glasses are sitting too high on your face, use your thumb to push each nosepad out and away from where your nose would sit. If your glasses are sitting too low on your face, use your thumb to push the nose pad toward the spot where your nose would rest.