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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 and 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. 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 offers free children eyes exams in Jensen Beach, Stuart and Port St. Lucie. He is located in Jensen Beach and also serves Port St. Lucie and Stuart FL. We make it easy for parents to take care of their children’s eye and vision needs.
When to Get Toddler Eye Exams?
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.
An Eye Exam with Our Jensen Beach Optometrist
Our Jensen Beach optometrist will check your child’s vision for refractive errors, convergence insufficiency and signs of poor eye health such as:
- Amblyopia is known as “lazy eye” and treatment for this entails of your child wearing a patch to strengthen the weaker eye.
- Strabismus is crossed eyes and should be treated as soon as possible for eye teaming skills so they can develop normally.
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 also used to measure how well your child’s function together as a team.
Your child’s exam also includes an evaluation 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 is 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
Contacts for Children and More
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.
Schedule Your Child's Eye Exam with Our Jensen Beach Optometrist
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.