Having your child’s eyes monitored throughout their childhood can help to ensure excellent eye health throughout their lifetime. Allen Smith, OD, and Nicole Gdowski, OD, of Lifetime Eyecare, located in Jenison, Michigan, offer pediatric eye care for infants and children. They’re also proud to be part of the national InfantSee Program, which offers free initial eye assessments for children six months to one-year-old. To ensure your child’s eyes are developing as they should, call or schedule an appointment with their office.
For infants and children, six months and older, regular vision exams can help ensure their eyesight is progressing and developing normally. Early detection of common eye problems allows for vision correction during childhood and can help to avoid developmental problems that often arise from having poor vision.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poor vision is the most common disabling condition for American children. For nearly 25% of school-aged children, vision problems are significant enough to hinder learning.
This can lead to difficulty in school, often making social development difficult and hurting a child’s self-esteem. Early assessment and correction of eye problems can help to avoid these types of struggles before they begin.
InfantSee is a national effort to offer free vision screenings to infants, ages six to twelve months old. This early assessment screens for common eye problems, identifies any developmental vision concerns, and allows for early vision correction if needed.
During a pediatric eye exam, Dr. Smith or Dr. Gdowski is collecting information regarding your child’s vision, such as:
Because infants aren’t able to communicate what they can see and younger children can’t read eye charts, your eye doctor uses knowledge-based observation and pediatric-specific methods to determine their eye health.
Pediatric eye exams check many of the same things as an adult eye exam, but the methods for collecting information is slightly different. Assessment of a child’s vision includes:
Dr. Smith or Dr. Gdowski can glean lots of information about your child’s eye health during their pediatric eye exam, which they share with you and your pediatrician.
For expert pediatric eye care, call or schedule an appointment with Lifetime Eyecare.