Pediatric Eye Exams
Pediatric ophthalmology and healthcare is an important medical field and covers all aspects of ocular and vision conditions in young babies all the way through the teenage years. Preventive eye health care is essential for all stages of life, pediatric ophthalmology is not something to overlook. Early identification and treatment is important, children tend to have more favorable treatment and outcomes when the vision conditions are found early and conquered in the early stages of vision development. Comprehensive eye exams are encouraged starting at the age of 6 months old, 3 years old, before the beginning of kindergarten and yearly the remaining school years.
Pediatric ophthalmology is more important today than it was in the past. What is different now than before? The challenges of daily living and environmental stressors have changed with the increased use of technology like smartphones, TV, tablet/computers and video games. What is involved with pediatric eye exams? Teaching healthy habits to children and the parents is an important part, teaching children young will have a lasting impact by creating healthy habits to preserve healthy eyes their entire lives. Parents can play a role in their child’s eye health by promoting outdoor activities that have long-term vision benefits in addition to the stimulation of physical development and places limits on technology-based activities.
What's involved during an Eye Exam?
Comprehensive ocular evaluations, non-invasive vision tests, and eye health assessments are all included in the comprehensive pediatric ophthalmic exams. For infants, younger than 12 months old, light reaction tests, eye movement tests, and other physical tests will be performed. Ophthalmologists, as the child grows and cognitive skills become developed and sharpened, will add in additional in-depth tests to determine the overall health of the eye. Reading charts with pictures, like a house or an apple will be a good aid used in pediatric eye exams.
Pediatric ophthalmologists are trained to treat, manage and diagnose all eye conditions children experience. Common eye and vision conditions that might arise in childhood and the proper treatment include:
- Vision Screening Recommendations: Prescriptions for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses
- Lazy Eye (Amblyopia) Therapy: Includes glasses, patching and pharmacologic treatment
- Glaucoma (Congenital Glaucoma) Treatment
- Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP): Retinal examination and laser treatment
- Corneal Abrasion: Scratch on the surface of the cornea
Eye drops and oral medications are used to treat the following eye inflammation and eye infections:
- Ocular Allergies (Allergic Conjunctivitis)
- Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis)
- Eyelid Cysts (Chalazion)
- Tearing from Blocked Tear Ducts (Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction)
For the best eye care health in Belleville, Brighton and Trenton ON, Bruce Coward & Association has the caring, skilled team that will be treated like family. Call us at one of our three locations:
- Belleville (613) 968-6560
- Trenton (613) 392-6211
- Brighton (613) 475-3900