During regular pediatric health assessments, pediatricians and their staff will conduct eye exams using eye charts and other basic exam techniques. Most parents assume that the minimal exams performed in their pediatrician’s office is sufficient in terms of maintaining the health of their children’s eyes. Basic eye exams may be good for identifying certain eye conditions, however, optometrists are the only medical professionals trained to thoroughly evaluate the eyes and the vision of children. This is why the optometry team here at Noble Vision Center in Greensburg recommends parents to schedule their children’s first eye exams when they are approximately six months old.
There are a lot of people who believe that infants have visual limitations and that their vision gradually develops as they develop. By the time a child is six months old, their depth perception, color vision, and focusing ability should be as ample as their adult counterparts. Optometry professionals who specialize in pediatric eye care perform several tests to determine if a baby’s eyes are developing properly.
Pupil responsiveness testing evaluates the pupils to determine if they function normally when exposed to or deprived of light. Preferential looking testing involves the use of cards with stripes on one side and blank on the other. The purpose of this test is to get infants to gaze at the strips so that visual performance can be assessed without using an eye chart. Fixate and follow tests use the same cards, however, the purpose of this test is to determine if an infant is able to fixate on objects after birth. Infants should be able to follow objects at three months of age.
Pediatric optometry exams play an important role in early childhood development. When a child has visual disturbances or other issues with their vision, those issues can affect the way a child learns and can become a safety issue. There are a certain set of visual skills a child needs to be able to develop and function normally. These skills include accurate eye movements, good visual acuity at varying distances, accurate eye teaming, and accurate eye movements.
Here at Noble Vision Center in Greensburg, our optometrist recommends parents bring their babies in for a comprehensive eye exam by the time they are six months of age. Our eye doctor also recommends follow up exams at the ages of three and five. To learn more about pediatric eye exams or to schedule an appointment, give our Greensburg office a call today at (724) 302-3700.