According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected. This also goes for infants who develop and learn about the world around them through their sense of sight. To ensure that your children have the visual resources they need to grow and develop normally, their eyes and vision should be checked by an eye doctor at certain stages of their development.
Our Wylie Eye Doctor Will Check Your Kids’ Eyes
Children’s vision must be sharp in order for them to be sharp in school! Performance in the classroom, healthy social interactions, and coordination on the sports field all depend on being able to see clearly. Therefore, if your child has an untreated vision condition, it can lead to failure at various daily activities, which can lead to poor self-esteem. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to bring your child for routine eye exams in our Wylie, TX, eye care clinic.
Our eye doctor, Dr. Craig Schacherer, is skilled and experienced at checking kids’ eyes. In contrast to school vision testing, he will evaluate their eyesight for much more than just nearsightedness and farsightedness. Using advanced optometric equipment and techniques, he will examine their entire visual system. We strive to make sure every child enjoys crystal-clear vision to succeed in school and in life!
When Should I Bring My Child In For An Eye Exam?
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), you should bring your child for the first pediatric eye exam at six months old, and then again at 3 years old. At Wylie Vision Care, our eye doctor begins to see children around age 5, when they can read the alphabet independently and prior to starting elementary school. Before this age, we recommend that you book an appointment with a specialized pediatric optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam.
After your child’s first eye exam with our Wylie eye doctor, we will provide instructions about when to return for follow-up evaluations. In general, we advise parents to return about every two years with children who do not need eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, if your child requires any type of vision treatment or has specific health risks, we will give you a personalized schedule for kids’ eye exams.
Warning Signs Of A Vision Problem
We encourage all parents and teachers to constantly look out for signs of a vision problem. This type of vigilance can help prevent kids from unnecessary struggles in school and developmental delays. In fact, it is not unusual for children to be misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD, when an undetected vision disorder is really the root of the problem.
- Excessive blinking
- Squinting, or closing one eye to see
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Inability to hold a steady gaze
- Avoidance of reading
- Poor tracking skills
- Short attention span
- Wandering eye, or crossed eyes
- Head tilting or turning
- Droopy eyelid
If you notice of the above signs, contact our Wylie optometrist to schedule a pediatric eye exam. * Note: If your child suffers any other uncomfortable or painful symptoms or has an eye injury, we also provide treatment for eye emergencies in Wylie, TX.
During A Pediatric Eye Exam
Our Wylie eye doctor will customize the specific tests and procedures depending on your child’s age, stage of development, medical eye history, risk factors, and health condition. Every child is unique, and we tailor our pediatric eye exams accordingly.
- Visual acuity
- Binocularity (eye teaming)
- Accommodation (focusing ability)
- Tracking skills
- Hand-eye coordination
- Color vision
- Peripheral vision
- Eye health – we will inspect the condition of inner eye tissues, checking for any signs of disease or abnormality
Following our pediatric eye exams, our Wylie eye doctor will share the results with you. If any vision correction is needed, we will decide upon the best plan together – whether it is prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, wearing an eye patch, vision therapy, or ortho-k lenses for myopia control. We want your child to see clearly and comfortably, so they can learn well in school and maximize their potential in life!