Pediatric Eye Exams

It is estimated that 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children suffer from vision problems. These percentages lead most experts to recommend that children have their eyes examined at 6 months old, again at age 3, and once more when starting school. It is especially important for vision problems in a child to be identified early as they can have a severe negative impact on a child’s development.

Upon entering school, Big Bend Family Eye Care recommends that your child has a pediatric eye exam at least every two years if they do not have any eye or vision problems, and more frequently if they do. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if your child is struggling with their vision.

Did you know 80% of all of the learning for a child occurs in his or her first 12 years is done through their eyes?

If your child is having a hard time seeing the chalkboard at school or wants to sit close to the TV to see more clearly, then it is time to schedule your pediatric eye exam with Dr. Malone at Big Bend Family Eye Care today! She will make sure your child is ready to see, absorb, and learn!

The AOA (American Optometric Association) recommends that before a child turns three, he should have a complete eye exam by an optometrist. If that hasn’t occurred, then the child most definitely should have one before the start of Kindergarten. The National Parent Teacher Association has reported that more than ten million children suffer from visual problems. Even with these staggering numbers, complete and comprehensive eye exams still are still not occurring and are not part of a child’s school readiness package.

 

Pediatric vision problems can be tied to:

 

  • Inability to master higher math concepts
  • Reading comprehension
  • Spelling

 

Almost 75% of every school day is spent reading and writing, so it is crystal clear that this is paramount for your child’s vision.

If your child has come home with bad report cards or difficulty paying attention in class, it may not be a learning disability or a behavior issue. It may simply that they cannot read the words on the chalkboard or the numbers in their math book look fuzzy to them. For some children, they’ve never seen crisp, clear wording. If this is the case and blurry vision is their ‘normal’, then they don’t have a clue that they need help.

Dr. Malone at Big Bend Family Eye Care specializes in Pediatric Eye Exams and puts her focus on Pediatric Eye Care. She will see children as young as 6 months of age. Our office welcomes children for a routine eye exam, eye-related illnesses or diseases or any eye-related emergency.

For any questions regarding pediatric eye exams or your children’s vision, please call Big Bend Family Eye Care at (850) 999-6926</a or contact us here