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Pediatric Eye Exams – Why A School Screening Is Not Enough?

We see patients of all ages. In fact, did you know that the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends getting your kids an eye exam from the age of 6 months? This is often not the case at all as parents assume that a routine school eye exam is enough. We have parents from Austin who are hesitant to bring their child in for an eye exam. Here is why that's a mistake.

Learning is 80% visual so you want to make sure your child has no vision issues. Simply seeing the board is not enough. Did you know that 25% of kids who pass a vision screening have eye issues? Many children are misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD when in reality, they just have vision issues! Parents don't want their child to be missing out in school.

What does an eye doctor look for at my child's eye exam?

As mentioned, even if the school nurse is saying your child’s vision is fine, there are many more factors to check regarding the health of the eye.Young Girl Sitting on Skateboard 1280x480

  • Near and farsight – see if your child has an issue seeing at a distance or up close.
  • Focusing skills – can the eyes focus on items near and far
  • Binocular Vision/Fusion – do the eyes work together or do they drift apart? Is there eye coordination? If not, they may have Binocular Vision Dysfunction
  • Lazy eye – making sure one eye isn’t dragging when the other is moving

Making sure your child see well in all aspects of vision is vital to their success. We can detect any early signs of issues and treat them before they get worse. Give us a call at 512-270-2125to book an eye exam for your child.