Auburn Optical is very family-friendly and Dr. Martin puts the fun into eye exams for children. At the end of their appointment, they are sure to walk out with a very cool balloon animal!
Pediatric Eye Exams
Although eye screenings, such as those performed by schools, are important, they are not a complete eye examination. Dr. Martin tests for eye teaming, depth perception, focusing, visual tracking and other visual perceptual disorders.
Your eyes gather vision information, the brain processes the information and your body then acts accordingly. When undetected, poor vision can impact a child's ability to develop successfully in school, both socially and academically. When our kids are seeing, they're learning. According to the AOA, as much as 80% of learning occurs through a child's eyes. Reading, writing, and chalkboard work are just a few visual tasks that children must perform daily. Just as we parents do everything we can to ensure our children succeed in school, including such tasks as scheduling physicals and shopping for school supplies, taking your child to an Optometrist every year for a regular pediatric exam should be part of your back-to-school routine.
Preparing Your Child For An Eye Exam
Make time to talk with your child and explain what will happen during an eye exam. Make sure your child knows that he or she will be asked to look at and identify objects for the eye doctor. These could be pictures of objects, shapes or letters. Also explain that the eye doctor may put drops in his or her eyes but it will not hurt. Eye drops may sting a bit but only for a moment.
Recognizing Potential Eye Problems
There are signs to look for that may indicate that your child has a vision problem. If you notice any of the following, please contact our office to schedule an examination:
- Constant eye rubbing
- Light sensitivity
- Poor visual tracking (following an object)
- Abnormal alignment or moving of the eyes
- An eye turning in (squint) or out (wall-eye)
- Chronic redness
- Chronic tearing
- Poor focusing
- A white pupil instead of black
If you have a school-age child, also watch for:
- Difficulty seeing objects at a distance (reading a blackboard)
- Difficulty seeing object close up (reading)
- Difficulty learning
If Dr. Martin determines that your child needs eyeglasses, we have a fantastic selection of frames to choose from that are designed specifically for kids and their active lifestyles. We also carry protective eyewear for playing sports and swimming. Children are especially vulnerable to the damaging UV rays from the sun since they typically spend longer amounts of time outdoors. It is just as important for our kids to have polarized sunwear as it is for adults.
Dr. Martin also participates in the InfantSEE public health program. This program provides comprehensive eye assessments for infants between 6-12 months of age. Click here for more information about this program.