PEDIATRIC EYE CARE
If you’ve noticed your child having difficulty seeing things like; not looking at you when they speak, holding books, watching digital devices too close, or standing very close to the TV we recommend coming in right away for a pediatric eye exam.
Your child may not see as well as he or she should or could.
Annual eye exams are recommended for children beginning no later than entry into kindergarten. Even if your child is doing well and passing his or her vision screenings, we encourage you to bring preschoolers and elementary school aged children as soon as possible to establish care with Dr. Truong where she’ll determine the recommended frequency of future visits.
First time visiting an Optometrist Dr. Truong provides children-friendly eye exams that involve one-on-one care for your child in a relaxed environment where she’ll discuss any of your concerns. Although useful, eye exams at a young age aren't dependent on your child's ability to communicate his or her ability to see well. Naturally not all children understand what they are experiencing, may be too shy to verbalize their experience, or think it’s normal since that’s all they know. Here at Crystal Vision Optometry, we offer a wide range of vision testing that’s designed to provide information on visual acuity, vision quality, eye function, and eye health for our pediatric patients. The only way to determine if your child is experiencing difficulty with their vision is by a professional eye examination.
Keep in mind your child's eyes will change a lot as your child grows and those who have corrective lenses need new glasses as their eyes change. Taking your child to the eye doctor will ensure that his or her prescription matches his or her needs.
Detecting Eye Diseases with an Eye Exam
Eye exams are also a very important step in maintaining your child's overall eye health just like a regular primary physician physical visit. Although most children's eyes are healthy, it’s still possible for them to develop a wide range of conditions that can impact their vision. When we monitor for eye disease or genetic conditions and catch it early, it’s likely to be able to correct it. If you have any concerns about your child's vision we recommend calling us immediately if your child experiences the following:
During your child’s appointment we'll discuss all types of eye diseases your child may be at risk for and we’ll look for these during our comprehensive eye exams. Some of these conditions include; near-sightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and underdeveloped eyesight. Depending on Dr. Truong’s diagnosis, these can be corrected using eyeglasses, contact lenses or vision therapy. We also encourage you to bring in your child in for eye diseases such as eye infections, conjunctivitis (pink eye), chalazion (lumps on the eyelid), styes (lumps near the edge of the eye) and blocked tear ducts (poor drainage of the eye.)
Babies and Toddler Eye Development
From the time babies are born, the muscles that control their eyes are not yet fully developed and he/she will not be able to see distances more than a foot away. Newborns can’t track objects in movement, and their eyes may cross frequently since their eye muscles are still developing.
When a baby is a few months old, normal vision, like what we experience, will begin to develop. As they develop into a toddler, he/she should be able to track objects in movement, see distances farther than a foot, distinguish colors and shapes.
Benefits of Pediatric Eye Exams
Your child's first eye exam shouldn’t be no later than between the ages of 3 and 5 years. If you notice your child squinting, has asymmetric "red eyes" (for example one pupil is white and the other is red) when a photo with a flash is taken, noticed a wandering eye (one or both aren’t straight), or there is a family history of eye problems, then schedule your child for a detailed evaluation with Dr. Truong.
Our team will work with you to find the proper solution for your child's needs. Call our office at (510) 440-9825 for an appointment. Please also feel free to download the file below, "Protection Children from Myopia"