Professional Eye Care for Kids in Lubbock
Regular pediatric eye exams are as important a part of ensuring your child's healthy development as your annual visit to the pediatrician. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start making your child’s eye health a priority, and our Lubbock optometrists are here to help.
The Importance of Regular Kids Eye Exams
Just like everything else, kids’ eyes continue to develop as they grow, and different types of problems can arise at different times. The first major developmental milestone as far as optometry is concerned is around six months of age when visual acuity sharpens dramatically, which makes that a great time to schedule your child’s first comprehensive kids eye exam.
Once your child is about three years old, their baseline eyesight can be evaluated, and so it’s a good idea to bring them in for another full checkup at this time. Even if no issues are detected at these checkups, it doesn’t mean that problems can’t begin to manifest later on, and so regular checkups every two years, preferably right before school starts, are recommended.
What We Check For
Even if your child receives annual vision screenings in school, it’s important to bring them in for full checkups by an optometrist as well. That’s because in-school screenings tend to only check for a few common problems like trouble viewing objects at a distance, and they don’t always detect signs of other conditions. Our kid’s eye exams will thoroughly evaluate your child for the following:
- Nearsightedness - trouble viewing objects clearly at a distance
- Farsightedness - trouble viewing objects clearly close-up
- Astigmatism - blurry vision at any distance
- Amblyopia - commonly referred to as “lazy eye”; results from a difference in the strength between the two eyes that results in their becoming misaligned
- Convergence Insufficiency - inability of the two eyes to work together when focusing on objects close-up; can cause problems with reading, as it makes words appear to “swim” on the page
Even if you don’t think your child has any significant vision problems, it’s a good idea to come in regularly so that we can catch any developing issues early. Many common vision problems tend to worsen over time, and so treating them early can keep them from becoming an impediment to your child’s ability to learn.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Before your visit, it’s a good idea to make a note of any warning signs you’ve noticed of potential issues. These include:
- Frequent headaches
- Difficulty reading
- Sensitivity to light
- Sitting too close to screens
- Rubbing eyes or tilting head
- Short attention span for their age
- Avoidance of coloring, puzzles, or other visual activities
- Poor eye-hand-body coordination when riding a bike or playing catch
It’s also helpful to discuss what will happen during the exam with your child so there are no surprises, including the use of a penlight and possibly the administration of eye drops.
Pediatric Optometrist in Lubbock, TX
No matter what type of concerns you have about your child’s vision or what type of care they've received in the past, our experts can help. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Ginter Eye Care Center today at 806-798-8820.