Comprehensive eye exams are essential in the diagnosis and treatment of your child’s vision problems, injuries, and diseases. 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). Our San Antonio pediatric eye doctor, Dr. Dawn Rakich, O.D., focuses on kid-friendly eye care and children’s eyeglasses, along with medical and surgical treatment for our littlest patients.
Eye examinations for children are especially important as five to ten percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that infants have their first eye exam at six months of age. Children should be re-examined at age three, and again just before they enter the first grade. Scheduling your child’s eye care and eye exam is crucial as many basic skills required in a child’s learning are associated with good eyesight and wearing the proper prescription of children’s eyeglasses, such as near and distance vision, binocular (two eyes) coordination, peripheral awareness, and hand-eye coordination. The AOA suggests that children who do not require vision correction should receive an eye exam every two years. Otherwise, children who do wear corrective lenses should have their vision evaluated annually. Comprehensive exams also test visual acuity, eye tracking and focusing skills, as well as detect problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia, crossed eyes, dyslexia, and color blindness. Our team of caring San Antonio pediatric eye doctors will also check for eye disease during your child’s pediatric eye exam, as well as assess how their eyes work together, and evaluate their eyes as an indicator of their overall health.
At the office of Dr. Dawn Rakich, O.D., we are particularly inclined to treat those littler patients, as establishing good eye health early can deter further complications with their eyes and overall optical health that can affect their school work or other everyday activities. Please call our office today if you have any questions regarding eye care, or would like to schedule an appointment with our San Antonio pediatric eye doctor.