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All children, from infants to teens, needs regular eye exams to diagnose vision impairment, evaluate the overall health of the eye, and track progression of any diagnosed conditions. Children often don't realize that they have a vision problem. Since school vision screenings are unable to detect vision problems related to reading and learning difficulties, many vision problems go undiagnosed for years. Children often struggle unnecessarily throughout some of the most important years of their lives. Undiagnosed vision and eye health problems can interfere with academic and social success.


As part of our dedication to providing our patients with the latest in eyecare technology, we offer an optional series of tests using digital imaging technology in addition to your routine eye exam. These images are an invaluable diagnostic tool, allowing earlier detection of conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. The advanced eye health screening series is recommended for all new patients and every other year for current patients. 


While your child may be screened at your pediatrician’s office or at school for vision impairment, a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist includes a lot more than a simple vision chart test.

 Infancy Screening (6 months - 1 year)

Pediatric Vision Care

The American Optometric Association recommends a baby’s first eye exam be scheduled at 6 months of age. Eye health problems and vision impairment are often difficult for parents to detect in an infant but are more easily corrected if treatment begins at an early age. Dr. Crissman Head participates in the national INFANTSEE program, a no-cost service for initial exams between 6 months and 1 year of age.

Toddler Exam (3 years)

Pediatric Vision Care

At their first comprehensive eye and vision examination, Dr. Crissman Head will check for your child’s ability to track (motility), eye alignment, and depth perception by using picture eye charts and by physically examining your child’s eyes. Your child does not need to be able to read to have his or her first comprehensive eye exam. 

Kindergarten Exam (5 years)

Pediatric Vision Care

A comprehensive eye health and vision exam is recommended, and often required by the school or state, before a child enters kindergarten. 

School Age Exam (6-18 years)

Pediatric Vision Care

Annual comprehensive examinations are recommended during the school years because vision changes can occur frequently, negatively affecting school performance. The most common problem is myopia (nearsightedness) but, caught early, research has shown that its growth can be controlled with treatment, including eyedrops and specialized bifocal contact lenses.

Pediatric Eye Exams Near Me
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