For the best pediatric eye exam in Plano, TX, contact Motiveyes Eye Care.
Children should get their first eye exam when they are 6 months old. After that, their next exam generally would come at 2 years old then at least every 2 years thereafter.
At Motiveyes Eye Care, we see children starting at age 4.
Your optometrist at Motiveyes Eye Care has the expert skills to detect if your child has vision problems or if more frequent eye exams are needed due to other risk factors. These other risk factors include family history of eye issues, developmental delay of the child, premature birth, and others.
If your child has to wear glasses or contact lenses, your eye doctor will want to see them examined yearly, as your child’s vision changes very quickly as they grow.
What to expect during a pediatric eye exam:
- Birth to 2 years:
- Your eye doctor will test your baby’s visual system for appropriate development
- Your child’s ability to focus and move their eyes together will be examined
- Appropriate vision milestones will be assessed for your baby
- Your optometrist will also check for congenital eye conditions such as strabismus, farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, cataracts, glaucoma, high refractive error, ocular melanoma, retinoblastoma, early hydrocephalus, and punctal stenosis
- Ages 2 to 5:
- Your eye doctor will check your child for signs of lazy eye or crossed eyes. Early detection of these conditions by an optometrist is critical as these conditions are treatable.
- Viral and bacterial eye infections occur commonly in this age group. These eye infections are treated appropriately by your eye doctor.
- Ages 6 to 18
- Eye care at this age is extremely important as easily treated vision problems can cause the child to unnecessarily suffer athletically, academically, and socially. As parents, we must remember that our children don’t necessarily know what normal or abnormal vision looks like. An eye exam does that. Read this article about Dr. Sally Mina changing a young girl’s life with a complete eye exam.
- Your optometrist will check your child for accommodative paresis, convergence insufficiency, latent hyperopia and myopia
- Systemic issues like type 1 diabetes and some types of leukemias are also checked for during the slit lamp exam and dilation
- Your optometrist’s focus for this age group is to give them their best fighting chance to not only succeed but to THRIVE in their academic and extracurricular activities