Kids Eye Doctor Near You Q&A
Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Michael Moulder
- Q: We hear a lot about “seeing your eye doctor regularly.” In school-aged children, ages 5 through 17, what does regularly mean?
- A: At least once a year. More frequent visits may be recommended if the patient has high hyperopia, accommodative problems, or binocular vision problems.
- Q: Are there symptoms parents should look for that would indicate a trip the optometrist is necessary?
- A: It is recommended for children to have an eye exam once per year as symptoms may not be obvious. However, some possible symptoms include: skipping or re-reading lines, trouble with school work or reading, taking longer to do homework, having a short attention span, or trouble with near work.
- Q: What about preschoolers? Since many children may be too young to read, how is an eye exam conducted if they cannot read a Snellen chart?
- A: Objective testing is done for measuring a young child’s prescription. Additionally, symbols or a Tumbling E chart can be used to assess a young child’s visual acuity.
- Q: We often discuss vision problems as they relate to sitting in a classroom, but what about on the playground or the effect on visual acuity on socialization and play?
- A: A child may experience problems with hand-eye coordination or depth perception which make playing sports more difficult. For example, difficulty with being able to effectively track objects like balls.
- Q: What do you recommend as the earliest age for contact lenses?
- A: When a child is responsible and mature enough to understand using a medical device and follow instructions. We fit contact lenses on children as young as age 8.
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