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The Importance of Children’s Eye Exams in Pt. Saint Lucie, Jensen Beach and Stuart, FL
Good vision is essential for your child’s development and performance in school. It’s recommended by our Jensen Beach professional that infants have an eye exam by six months of age. Infant eye exams include tests for pupil response, fixate and following tests and preferential looking tests. By age 3, it’s time for another eye exam. Likely, your child will be entering preschool, and many tasks at this level require visual-hand coordination, such as playing with blocks, completing puzzles, cutting and coloring. By age 6, your child should have another eye and vision exam and once a year thereafter. The key takeaway is that children’s eye exams in Jensen Beach are just as important as an annual trip to the pediatrician’s office.
Eye exams for young children entail the use of LEA symbols, which have pictures like squares and houses instead of letters. A retinoscopy test is performed to inspect the retina and determine if your child needs an eyeglass prescription. Random dot stereopsis is used to measure how well your child’s function together as a team.
Our Jensen Beach optometrist will be checking your child’s vision for refractive errors, amblyopia, strabismus, convergence insufficiency and signs of poor eye health. Amblyopia is also known as “lazy eye.” Often, treatment is wearing a patch to strengthen the weaker eye. Strabismus is crossed eyes and should be treated as soon as possible to eye teaming skills can develop normally. Your child’s exam also includes an evaluated of your child’s focusing ability, depth perception and color vision. In addition, the lens, iris, and cornea are examined. During your child’s consultation and eye exam it important to tell the optometrist if your child has:
- Delayed motor development
- Excessive blinking
- Poor eye tracking skills
- Inability to fixate
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Failure to maintain eye contact
- Recurring sties
Children’s Eye Exams in
Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach and Stuart, FL
Dr. Durante offers free children eyes exams in Jensen Beach, Stuart and Port St. Lucie. He is located in Jensen Beach and also servers Port St. Lucie and Stuart FL. We make it easy for parents to take care of their children’s eye and vision needs. It’s important to note that it’s best for vision and eye conditions to be treated early. Even if your child already wears contact lenses or eyeglasses, regular eye exams and checkups ensure that their vision hasn’t changed.
Dr. Durante also performs children’s contact lens exams and fittings. Contact lenses include bifocal, toric, soft disposables, rigid gas permeable lenses and monovision. In addition, our optical center showcases a wide selection of children’s frames in trendy colors and hot styles.
Time for your child’s annual eye and vision exam? Considering contacts for your child? Give us a call at 772-692-2020 to set up an appointment today.