Children’s Eye Exams in Hawley, PA
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that all children have an eye exam every two years. We want to make sure every child in Hawley, PA gets the children’s eye exams they need so they have the best chance to succeed!
The first children’s eye exam should happen when the child is six months old. They should have additional exams at age three and just before they enter kindergarten (ages 5-6). Unless otherwise recommended by an Optometrist, kids should have eye exams every two years once they are in school.
Having strong vision is important, especially for kids. If your child struggles with reading, we can help them overcome visual barriers and learn to love reading. We bend over backwards for kids in Hawley!
As you can imagine, undiagnosed vision problems can create a real obstacle for a child to overcome.
In addition to the “usual” refractive errors (astigmatism, hyperopia, and myopia), during a children’s eye exam we are also looking for:
- Amblyopia – Known more commonly as “lazy eye”, detecting and treating amblyopia at a young age is important. Left untreated, the weaker eye (lazy eye) may continue to degrade in visual ability.
- Strabismus – Often called “crossed eye” or “eye turn”. Strabismus causes the eyes to be misaligned. It has a range of severity, with its most severe forms requiring surgery.
- Reading difficulties – Outside of learning challenges, we look for reading difficulties as a result of physical problems of the eyes. These include problems properly focusing, aligning, or operating as a “team”.
The TRS-5100 generates extremely accurate and reliable results, offering patients a glasses prescription using 100% digital instrumentation.
Reading is a fundamental skill that a person will use every day throughout their life. Learning to read is a challenging experience for all, even without vision problems making that challenge more difficult.
When kids struggle to read, all areas of their life – academic and otherwise – are impacted. At Lakeside Vision, our goal is to help your child learn to read in a way that engages and excites them.
We work closely with kids in and around Hawley to determine what is causing them difficulty when reading. Over the years we’ve learned what to look for and how to connect with a struggling child. This experience, combined with our unrelenting focus, are what makes us uniquely effective in helping kids of all ages learn to read.
What to Expect During a Children’s Eye Exam
The children’s eye exam is non-invasive and completely painless. Throughout the exam we engage the child and educate them on what we are doing and why. We view this as our opportunity to get kids invested in their eye health!
The exam itself is completed in under an hour. If we find signs of a developing eye condition, we will discuss our findings with you and outline our recommended next steps.
We will also verify your child’s eyeglass/contact lens prescription (if applicable).
Treating Eye Conditions With Corrective Lenses, Vision Therapy, or Surgical Options
In many cases these common refractive errors can be corrected and managed via corrective lenses (eyeglasses or contact lenses). In the case of strabismus caused by untreated hyperopia, corrective lenses and vision therapy may realign the eye. In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct strabismus.
Vision therapy – involving patching the stronger eye to train the weaker one – is an effective tool that we may recommend if we feel your child will respond favorably.
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