Children’s Eye Exams in La Jolla

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Healthy Eyes Begin with an Early Start in Eye Care

Children’s eyes are continually growing and changing. Just like your baby learns how to walk and talk, they learn how to use their eyes and gain the visual skills they’ll need as they grow. If your baby develops a vision problem, they can experience developmental delays

Although your pediatrician will perform an early vision screening, comprehensive pediatric eye exams performed by an optometrist are an essential part of ensuring your child’s eyes remain healthy and strong. 

At The Classical Eye, we use advanced eye care technology and tried-and-true vision tests to check their visual skills, eye movements, and refraction, among other things. These tests are designed to check that your child’s eyes are developing as expected and assess their overall ocular health and visual abilities.

Book your child for an eye exam with us soon! We’re looking forward to helping them love their eyes!

When Does My Child Need an Eye Exam?

The American Optometric Association recommends an exam frequency for children that coincides with your child’s visual milestones. Typically, we begin seeing children around 1 year old. Occasionally, some children will need more frequent exams if they’re high risk. Ultimately, we recommend the following exam schedule for your child:

Children between 2 and 5 years old depend on their vision to learn tasks they’ll need in school. These years are crucial for fine-tuning their visual skills they learned in infancy. Skills like eye-hand-body coordination, fine motor skills, and visual perceptual ability are necessary for learning how to read and write.

Vision problems like amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes) may also develop at this age. Many childhood eye problems require swift treatment to prevent long-term issues.

Your child should undergo a comprehensive pediatric eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5. Their optometrist will check that your child’s eyes are developing as expected and look for signs of vision problems and eye diseases. This gives your optometrist a chance to discuss what they’ve found and prescribe treatments if needed.

Your child heavily depends on their eyes throughout school, so strong, healthy vision is key to their success in learning. From reading, writing, looking at the board, using computers, and playing on the playground, your child’s eyes are in constant use in and outside the classroom.

If your child struggles with a vision problem, they may find learning difficult and stressful or struggle with interacting with friends on the playground. Your child may be unaware they even have a problem with their eyes as they may believe they see just like everyone else. This makes regular eye exams essential for ensuring your child’s eyes are strong and healthy.

To give your child ongoing visual support, make sure you bring them in for a comprehensive eye exam every year while they’re in school. These regular exams ensure their vision won’t hold them back.

Common Pediatric Eye Conditions

Amblyopia, also known as a “lazy eye,” occurs when there’s a lack of development of clear vision in one or both eyes. It often develops before age 6 and can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Amblyopia won’t go away on its own, but an early diagnosis and swift treatment increase the chance of complete recovery. This vision problem is easily diagnosed during a comprehensive pediatric eye exam and can be diagnosed as early as 6 months or 3 years. If amblyopia is diagnosed in the teen years or later, it’s much more challenging to treat.

Strabismus, also known as crossed eyes, is a condition that causes the eyes to look in different directions at the same time. It usually occurs due to poor muscle control or severe farsightedness that causes eye misalignment.

The brain needs the eyes to move together and look at the same place to receive strong visual information. When the eyes are misaligned, your child may see double, have poor depth perception, or begin to develop poor vision in the turned eye, and the brain will receive 2 different images simultaneously. Over time, the brain may start to ignore images sent from the turned eye, leading to permanent vision loss in that eye.

Like amblyopia, strabismus won’t go away on its own. But treatments are usually very successful when this condition is caught early. It’s also easily diagnosed during a routine pediatric eye exam.

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that covers the eyes and lines the insides of the eyelids. It’s also known as “pink eye” because it causes the eyes to turn pink or red.

There are a few different types of conjunctivitis, but the most common types in children are bacterial conjunctivitis, viral conjunctivitis, and allergic conjunctivitis. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are very contagious forms of infection. They’re common problems in children as they spread quickly through schools and daycares.

If your child has pink eye, it’s essential to see an optometrist immediately. While there’s no treatment for viral conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis may need antibiotics.

Book a Children’s Eye Exam Today

At The Classical Eye, you’ll find an experienced team who genuinely cares about your child’s ocular well-being. You’ll also find a large selection of kid-friendly eyewear that your children will love to wear! Call us today to book a children’s eye exam!

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