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Every parent wants to help their child succeed in school, and regular pediatric eye exams are a great way to start the school year right!
Approximately 80% of all classroom learning is conveyed visually. An undetected visual problem therefore raises your child’s risk of learning difficulties or developmental delays.
The eye doctor at Northside Family Eye Care, will provide your children of all ages with comprehensive eye exams. In our Northeast Houston, office, we’ll check the entire range of your kid’s visual skills. Eye mobility, eye-hand coordination, near vision, eye teaming, peripheral sight and far vision will be evaluated.
Our warm, experienced eye doctor, Dr. Martha Ortega Diaz, will meet with you and your child at the start of your visit. She will want to hear all about your child’s case history, including information about any eye diseases in the family and current medications or allergies. She’ll listen to any worries you may have about your child’s eyesight and answer all of your questions. The particular tests and procedures performed during a pediatric eye evaluation depend upon the age and developmental stage of your child. With a gentle manner, Dr. Martha Ortega Diaz will ensure that your child’s eye exam is a comfortable, pleasant experience in our Northeast Houston office.
Dr. Martha Ortega Diaz, the doctor at Northside Family Eye Care will also want to know about previous ocular diagnoses and treatments involving your child, such as possible surgeries and glasses or contact lens wear. Be sure you inform her if there is a family history of eye problems requiring vision correction, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, misaligned eyes (strabismus) or amblyopia (“lazy eye”).
Read on for more info about our eye exams for kids:
Scheduling pediatric eye exams
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that babies have their first comprehensive eye exam performed at 6 months of age. The next exam should be done at 3 years old, and then again before starting school at age 5-6. If no vision correction is prescribed, then it’s advised to bring your child back about every two years throughout school years. Yet if your kid requires eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly, then experts strongly recommend annual pediatric eye exams.
These methods may be used to evaluate the healthy development of your baby’s visual system:
Fixate and Follow testing: generally developed by 3 months of age, this test assesses the ability to fixate on an image or object and follow its movement.
Pupil response tests: checks to make sure that pupils respond properly to light by opening and closing.
Preferential looking: specially printed cards are used to attract your infant’s attention and gaze.
If your child is shy around doctors or still hasn’t learned the ABC’s, our optometrist will utilize the following common tests:
Retinoscopy: we’ll shine a light into the eye and check how the retina reflects it.
LEA symbols: custom-designed pictures, such as a circle, square, apple and house, are used instead of standard letter and number charts. Dr. Martha Ortega Diaz will ask your child for feedback about which pictures are clearer.
Random dot stereopsis: dot patterns are used to evaluate eye teaming.
Visual acuity will be checked to determine whether your child has astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness. If necessary, we’ll issue a prescription for vision correction. In addition to sharp eyesight, we’ll also assess eye alignment and eye health. Using a high powered lens, we’ll check the retina for any signs of abnormality or disease.
Computers and your child’s eyesight
Commonly diagnosed pediatric eye problems
The most typical diagnoses in children are refractive errors, such as nearsighted vision, farsighted vision and astigmatism. Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”, is another usual diagnosis that is often treated by patching the dominant eye. If strabismus is detected, eye exercises may be helpful, or surgery may be advised for more severe cases to correct an incorrect positioning of the eye muscles. Other conditions that our eye doctor, Dr. Martha Ortega Diaz, may detect include convergence insufficiency, binocularity/eye-teaming problems, and difficulty with accommodation (focusing between near and far).
After your kid’s eye exam, Dr. Ortega Diaz will discuss all of the test results with you and work together to decide the most suitable treatment or therapy.
Dr. Martha Ortega Diaz looks forward to checking your child’s eyes!
Contact Northside Family Eye Care now for an appointment in Northeast Houston, TX
For more information, or to speak with our optometrist about your child, please call our office at 713-742-5244 or use one of our online forms found here.