Pediatric eye exams are essential for all children, especially as they start to grow up. At Legacy Eye Care, with two offices in South Hill and additional locations in Chester and Colonial Heights, Virginia, the dedicated team of experienced optometrists offers individualized pediatric eye exams with a compassionate approach. Call the office nearest to you, or book online to schedule your appointment today.

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What are pediatric eye exams?

Pediatric eye exams check your child’s vision and eye health. At Legacy Eye Care, the team can develop personalized pediatric eye exams for the age of the patient and their individual needs.

What does a pediatric eye exam include?

Pediatric eye exams include a number of different tests and evaluations, including:

  • Vision testing
  • Eye function testing (muscle movement, eye teaming, and more)
  • Exam of outer eyes
  • Eye dilation
  • Inner eye exam
  • Screening for eye disease

The team also reviews your child’s medical history and your family history to determine what kind of eye problems they could potentially face as they grow up. This allows the team to personalize care at every stage of your child’s life.

When does my child need pediatric eye exams?

The Legacy Eye Care team usually recommends annual pediatric eye exams for school-age children. These exams are similar to your child’s yearly check-ups with their pediatrician because they’re an opportunity to update prescriptions, check for new problems, and plan for your child’s visual needs.

If your child develops new issues at any time, schedule a pediatric eye exam as soon as possible. Some warning signs of eye issues include:

  • Frequent blinking
  • Eye rubbing
  • Complaints of sore, tired, or dry eyes
  • Covering one eye
  • Moving head to one side
  • Holding books or phone very close to the face
  • Complaints of fuzzy or double vision
  • Avoiding schoolwork
  • Losing place while reading
  • Poor performance in school

Visible eye issues, like red eyes, watery eyes, or eye discharge require evaluation promptly as well.

Why are pediatric eye exams so important?

Pediatric eye exams can help your child to succeed in school and in life. Children who can’t see well often fall behind in school. In fact, 60% of kids who have learning problems have undiagnosed eye problems. Children with vision problems may withdraw socially or even act out.

In some cases, children aren’t able to explain or even understand their eye problems, so they may be unable to tell you there’s an issue. By scheduling pediatric eye exams, you can stay ahead of any possible issues and set your child up for success.

If you need a pediatric eye exam for your child, you can find comprehensive pediatric eye exams at Legacy Eye Care by calling or booking online for the nearest office in South Hill, Chester, or Colonial Heights, Virginia.