It’s important that your child get an early start on his or her eye health, in much the same way that she or he sees a pediatrician. Here at Heritage Eye Care, we believe in being proactive, and that’s why we advise you to bring your child in for a first checkup with our pediatric optometrist in Mansfield TX between the ages of 6 and 12 months old. Of course, if your child has any symptoms that would indicate a possible eye issue, you should do so even sooner than that. The reality is that approximately 1 in 10 children have vision problems that have not been diagnosed. And 1 in 25 will develop crossed eyes (strabismus), increasing the possibility that lazy eye (amblyopia) will occur.
Our pediatric optometrist in Mansfield TX will make certain that your child feels comfortable at our office. Our entire staff is committed to showing patience and kindness with our youngest patients. And fortunately, there is little during an eye exam to provoke anxiety. Other than some mild stinging form the eye drops that are needed to dilate his or her pupils, the experience should be a breeze.
Exams concentrate on determining how well your child is seeing, and to screen for eye diseases and conditions that can affect her or him. When your child is old enough to read, an eye chart will be used. But prior to that, our pediatric optometrist in Mansfield TX will utilize the tumbling E game, in which a series of E’s are presented and your child will simply say which direction each is pointing. It’s fun and it works.
Our pediatric optometrist in Mansfield TX will check that your child’s eyes are working well together and evaluate for concerns like drooping eyelid, double vision, and amblyopia. Cataracts and glaucoma may seem like adult diseases, but kids can get them, too. Of course, if glasses are needed, our eye doctor will prescribe them and we will fill it right here for your convenience. Kids, especially of school age, need to be checked to ensure that their vision is sufficient in order to keep up with assignments and not fall behind.