Children’s Eye Exams in Apopka

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Children’s Eyes Need Special Attention

When children are born, their eyes aren’t fully developed. Many of the visual skills needed to carry them throughout life are learned just like any other skill. Regular comprehensive eye exams are essential tools for determining if your child’s eyes are developing properly. They will also help to detect potential eye diseases or vision problems, like refractive errors or eye muscle misalignment, which could impact their quality of life.

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When to Take Your Child for Eye Exams

In some ways, it’s even more important for children to undergo routine eye exams than it is for adults. Checking that they’re hitting all their visual milestones and ocular health will give your child the best chance of maintaining strong, healthy eyes that won’t hold them back as they grow, develop, and learn.

Even understanding all this, it can be difficult to know when to take your child for eye exams. We recommend following the exam schedule based on the suggestion made by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

We may request that you bring your child in for eye exams more often, but that we can discuss this during your child’s first few appointments with us.

Newborns

Your newborns’ eyes should be checked by a trained professional, and receive a red reflex test and blink and pupil test.

Your infant should be referred to an optometrist or ophthalmologist if any of these tests uncover signs of potential eye disease. Likewise, if your baby was born prematurely or your family has a history of eye disease.

During the first year of your child’s life, your pediatrician will likely check the development of your child’s eyes during a well-child visit. Your pediatrician will perform another red reflex test and blink and pupil test and check your child’s eye alignment, movement, and overall ocular health.

Between the ages of 1 and 2, your child should undergo a comprehensive eye exam to screen for eye diseases, overall health, and alignment and muscle strength. Your optometrist may use the photoscreening test, which will check the ability of your child’s eyes to focus before your child is able to read the standard eye chart.

This is also the age when your child’s eyes may show signs of amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes). These childhood eye conditions are easier to treat in children than in adults, so early detection is essential.

It’s recommended that your child undergo at least one eye exam before they enter school. This exam will give your optometrist a chance to screen your child’s eyes for diseases, strabismus, and amblyopia, and check their overall ocular health, eye alignment, muscle strength, and ability to focus.

Your optometrist will also check your child’s eyes for refractive errors, like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

Once your child enters school, they should have annual eye exams.

As your child advances through their education, their eyes will be heavily depended on. Children rely heavily on their eyesight while in school or at play. If they have an undiagnosed refractive error or eye condition, your child’s eyes will adjust to compensate, and your child may not even be aware there’s a problem.

Undiagnosed eye conditions can lead to adverse side effects like headaches, fatigue, and difficulty staying focused. These symptoms may cause your child to suffer academically, socially, and athletically.

Symptoms of Eye Problems

Vision problem symptoms are often misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A comprehensive eye exam will help avoid misdiagnosis. You can support your child by remaining away of signs of potential vision problems, such as:

  • Complaints of frequent headaches
  • Complaints of fatigue and discomfort
  • Short attention span
  • Avoidance of reading and detailed tasks
  • Covering one eye
  • Squinting
  • Tilting head to one side
  • Losing place while reading
  • Turning in or out of an eye
  • Seeing double
  • Difficulty remembering what they just read
  • Sitting too close to the TV

If you notice your child exhibiting any of these symptoms, please book a children’s eye exam as soon as possible.

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Our office is conveniently located off South Orange Blossom Trail heading South, across from Big Lot’s. Our building has ample parking and is walking distance from the Route 106 bus stop.

Our Address

730 South Orange Blossom Trail
Apopka, FL 32703

Contact Information

Phone: 407-880-0335
Fax: 407-880-6782
[email protected]

Hours of Operations

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM6 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
9 AM2 PM
Sunday
Closed

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