Comprehensive Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Eye Care
Children should have their first eye exam at about age two, although it's never too early to test a child's vision and eye health. Comprehensive eye exams are essential in the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems, injury and disease. Early detection allows for treatment to begin before the child experiences difficulty in school due to poor vision, or before any permanent damage has been done to the eye(s). Exams test visual acuity, eye tracking, and focusing skills, and detect problems such as near- and far-sightedness, amblyopia, crossed eyes, dyslexia, and color blindness.
Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining your eyes' health by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases, such as glaucoma, often develop gradually without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can allow for a choice of treatment options and a reduced risk of further harm.
Patients should receive an eye exam every one to three years, depending on their age, risk of disease and overall physical condition. This eye exam includes a visual field test, dilation, glaucoma test, slit-lamp examination, cover test, retinoscopy and refraction. Exams for children and adolescents focus on detecting and monitoring any changes within the eyes, as most refractive errors develop by the time patients reach early adulthood.
If any changes or abnormalities are detected within the eye, your doctor will develop an individualized treatment plan based on your individual condition. Treatment may include a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, medication, vision therapy, eye vitamins, vision supplements or surgery for more serious conditions.