Pediatric Eye Exam in Austin
Most kids don’t suspect that something is wrong with their eyesight and are thus unlikely to seek help with their vision. If you witness your child tilting his or her head too often, frequently squinting, or holding books or other objects unusually close or far away from his or her eyes, it may be time for an eye exam.
Book an appointment with Our Optometrists at Austin Eye Professionals today. We will provide a comprehensive eye exam that will detect whether your child has any vision aberrations.
It’s up to parents to recognize the signs of compromised eyesight and to take the necessary precautions against it. Read on to learn the basics of keeping your children’s vision sharp and healthy.
Why Are Vision Screenings Not Enough?
School or pediatric vision screenings often offer superficial eye exams that cannot detect underlying vision issues that get in the way of your child’s success in school and life. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10 million kids suffer from vision issues, despite having passed a school vision screening. Therefore, it is critical to have your child’s eyes examined by an eye doctor in order to assess their overall eye health. The earlier they do it, the better.
Does Your Child Really Hate to Read?
If your child dislikes or avoids reading, it might indicate a vision problem.
Does your child…
- Use a finger or pencil to guide the eyes while reading?
- Incessantly rub his or her eyes?
- Cover one eye while reading?
- Frequently tilt his or her head?
Reading with undiagnosed vision problems can result in headaches, fatigue and eye strain, which could explain why your child shies away from engaging in this activity.
Should your child need glasses for vision correction, Austin Eye Professionals has a wide variety of age-appropriate options, made of comfortable, durable, and kid-friendly materials.
Should Eye Exams be on the Back-to-School To-Do List?
By the age of 6, every child should have undergone three eye exams. Make sure to prioritize eye exams by adding it to the back-to-school to-do list. No matter how wonderful the pencils and markers are, if the vision isn’t there, your child will struggle through school, sports, and in life.
Is it Clumsiness or a Vision Problem?
If your child frequently bumps into desks, knocks things over, and trips, it may not be just clumsiness. Contact Austin Eye Professionals for an eye exam today.
Spending Too Much Time on Computer/Digital Screens?
Too Much Screen Time is Linked To Myopia
The use of digital devices is on the rise, and so is myopia (nearsightedness).
Research has shown that prolonged use of computers and digital devices among children can result in myopia. Focusing on images or words on the screen for extended periods of time can result in eye strain, and over time, can even change the shape of a child’s eye. As a parent, we recommend you limit your child’s computer or phone screen time and incorporate the 20/20/20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds).
Blue Light Blocking Glasses or Lenses for Digital Screens
Another problem with using digital devices has to do with the blue light these devices emit. Smartphones expose us to the most blue light, since we hold them very close to our eyes. Long hours of blue light exposure can harm the eyes and disrupt sleep quality.
However, the harm caused by blue light can be reduced by wearing special Blue Light lenses.
At Austin Eye Professionals, we offer blue light filters for lenses, which block blue light from reaching one’s eyes and protect your vision when using digital devices. Ask us about adding blue-light filters to your or your child’s glasses, or about getting a full pair of blue light eyeglasses.
Why Opt for Polycarbonate Lenses?
When it comes to kids, the lenses you pick a matter. Austin Eye Professionals recommends opting for polycarbonate lenses when buying glasses. They are more lightweight, impact-resistant and scratch-resistant than traditional plastic lenses. Furthermore, the UV protection can protect your child’s eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
If you want your kids to ace their classes this year, remember to prioritize a visit to the eye doctor as part of your back-to-school checklist.
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Comprehensive Pediatric Eye Exams
At Austin Eye Professionals, we offer comprehensive pediatric eye exams, as well as a wide array of glasses and lenses for our young patients. Austin Eye Professionals serves patients from in and around Austin in the state of Texas.
Q: My child saw 20/20 at their school physical. That's perfect vision for back to school, right?
- A: Maybe! 20/20 only tells us what size letter can be seen 20 feet away. People with significant farsightedness or eye muscle imbalances may see 20/20, but experience enough visual strain to make reading difficult. Vision controls eighty percent of learning so include a thorough eye exam in your child's Back-to-School list.
Q: My child passed the screening test at school, isn’t that enough?
- A: Distance and reading are two different things. Someone with perfect distance vision can still have focusing problems up close. Doctors need to check for both, many children have undiagnosed accommodative (focusing) problems because no one ever looked for it before. We always check the distance and near vision on all ages because it is so important. Other areas that need to be checked is eye muscle alignment, color vision, depth perception, and overall health of the eyes.