Pediatric Eye Exam Specialist

Your Two Eyes Optometry

Optometry located in Berkeley, CA

Eye health is truly a lifelong journey, and it’s crucial that your child has any vision problems detected early before they cause problems with school, sports, and other activities. The team of board-certified optometrists at Your Two Eyes Optometry in Berkeley, California, is experienced in performing eye exams for children of all ages and detecting vision problems that commonly affect children. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an eye exam for your child today.

Pediatric Eye Exam Q & A

Why is it important for children to get eye exams?

Many children have vision problems, and an eye exam is the only way to confirm and treat these problems effectively. When children have untreated vision problems, they often experience difficulties with learning, which can, in turn, affect their personality and ability to adjust to a school setting.

In fact, many children are misdiagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues who actually just have untreated vision problems. There are also many situations where a child has both learning disorders and vision problems, and addressing their vision problems can help improve their performance in school.

The pediatrician’s routine exams and school vision screenings don’t detect the same problems that a comprehensive eye exam performed by an optometrist does. Your child’s first eye exam should take place at 6 months of age to ensure normal vision development. Your child should also have eye exams at age 3 and right before starting school.

What happens in my child’s eye exam?

Your optometrist checks for refractive errors, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism, which require glasses.

Children’s exams are fun and age appropriate. Don’t worry if your child isn’t yet verbal, shy around strangers, or doesn’t know their letters and numbers yet, as most of the testing is objective and doesn’t require the child’s responses. The doctors are great at making everyone feel comfortable and confident during the exam.

A pediatric eye exam also includes tests for vision problems that are especially common among children, including:

Lazy eye

Lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, is when one of your child’s eyes focuses better than the other. When left untreated, this can lead to your child relying more heavily on the “good” eye, leading to permanent vision problems.

Strabismus

Strabismus, also known as being “cross-eyed,” is when the eyes aren’t properly aligned and point in different directions.

Convergence insufficiency

In convergence insufficiency, your child experiences doubled or blurred vision when looking at things up close. This leads to difficulties with reading, so it’s often misdiagnosed as a learning disorder.

Focusing issues

Your child’s optometrist evaluates your child’s ability to focus on objects, to switch between near and distance vision, and for issues with depth perception and color blindness. 

Depending on the results of your child’s exam, your optometrist may recommend seeing another specialist, including a pediatric ophthalmologist. The team at Your Two Eyes Optometry is happy to work with your child’s pediatrician.

What are the signs that my child has vision problems?

Though it’s important for all children to receive comprehensive eye exams, you should also schedule an appointment at Your Two Eyes Optometry if your child appears to have eye problems. Behaviors that indicate a possible vision problem include:

  • Sitting very closely to screens or holding books very closely
  • Constantly rubbing their eyes
  • Needing a finger to follow along while reading
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Reading or watching television with one eye closed
  • A drop in school performance
  • Squinting to see the board at school
  • Complaining that the computer screen hurts their eyes

Call Your Two Eyes Optometry or use online booking to schedule an appointment for pediatric vision services today.