Our Doctors are all experienced and skilled in pediatric eye care. Patients of any age are welcome!
Can your Child Benefit from GVSS?
The Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS), also known as orthokeratology, is a non-invasive procedure that involves the use of specialized corneal molds. These molds are designed to reshape the cornea at night while the patient sleeps and act as “retainers” once the cornea has been reshaped.
At what age should my child have their first eye exam?
Our doctors recommend that your child’s eye care begins at about 6 months of age. It is important to continue eye care throughout childhood and into adolescence to monitor any vision changes as well as the health of the eyes. It is estimated that one in four children are suffering from some kind of vision problem that often goes undetected throughout childhood and even into the teenage years. Many children’s vision issues, if caught early, can be corrected or treated to minimize any impact it may have on their academic and social lives.
My child performed well on the school vision test, why do they need an eye exam?
Often, the vision tests at school or at the primary doctor’s office consist of very broad tests like reading an eye chart and following a light with your eyes. These tests may allow the nurse or doctor to notice any obvious vision problems, but they do not provide an in-depth look at the health of the eyes. Our doctors will perform an in-depth comprehensive medical eye examination to check for any signs of underlying conditions or vision problems that may have been missed.
What should I be doing between exams to protect my child's eyes and keep them healthy?
It has been shown that children who spend a lot of time outdoors have a decreased risk of becoming nearsighted. Encourage your child to engage in an activity outside rather than playing on the computer/tablet or watching tv. Make sure that they are wearing UV-protective sunglasses when they are outside as well. Transition lenses are great for kids, as they change from light indoors to dark outdoors, so there is a separate pair of sunglasses is not necessary. When your child is on the computer/tablet or reading for an extended period of time, make sure they take breaks to allow their eyes to rest. The 20-20-20 rule is great for children as well as adults to reduce eye strain; for every 20 minutes of using the computer or reading, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Do you have children's frames?
Yes! Our optical department carries a variety of brands and styles for children.
Does my child have to have dilating drops for the examination?
Our doctors perform a comprehensive eye health evaluation on all of our patients. We highly recommend the Optomap Daytona (hyperlink to our technology page) as it was designed for pediatric patients. In some cases, a dilated examination is necessary for optimal care.
My child's eyes are getting worse each visit. Can I do anything to stop the progression?
Our doctors will discuss all of the possible treatment options during your examination. Our practice offers a unique service for controlling nearsightedness. Please ask us about GVSS.