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.
What qualities should you look for in an optometrist?
To find a professional that fits your needs and wants, look for an optometrist with the proper licensing and compliance with state-specific legalities as well as these qualities: attentiveness, ability to listen, ethics, compassion, ability to communicate effectively and willingness to spend time with patients.
What kind of insurance is needed to see an optometrist?
Vision, like dental, is often an additional voluntary cost for employers who provide health care coverage. As a result, it may not be included in basic company-sponsored insurance. Those who do have access to this type of coverage - or Medicare - often only pay for a portion of their eye exam services.
What is the typical cost of an optometrist visit?
The cost of an appointment with an optometrist varies based on the services required. While a typical eye exam can range from $50 to $250, depending on location. If if glasses or contact lenses are prescribed, or tests are needed, the overall expense of an optometrist visit can increase.
At what age should children start visiting the optometrist?
The American Optometric Association recommended that patients have their first eye exam at six months of age, followed by another at 3 years old, and again at school age. At that point, Regular annual exams are recommended.