Vision Dynamics
417 Sycamore Valley Road Danville CA 94526 925.838.3021
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Children’s Eye Exams in Danville

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Eye Health is a Journey, Not a Destination

As a parent, you want to make sure your child’s eyes are developing correctly. However, since children’s eyes continually grow and change throughout childhood, it’s important to take them for regular eye exams so your optometrist can track these changes and make appropriate suggestions.

This is why the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends and encourages parents to ensure their children’s eyes are examined regularly. Annual eye exams help parents monitor the health of their child’s eyes, allowing your child’s optometrist to detect and respond to diseases and conditions that may develop.

When was your child’s last eye exam? Book their next appointment today!

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Why Are Children’s Eye Exams Important

Eye exams are not only important for your child, but they’re also important for patients of all ages! However, when your child is young, it can be especially hard to tell if they are experiencing problems with their eye health or vision. Your child might not be able to communicate their problem effectively, or they may not even realize something is wrong.

That’s why it’s critical for parents to advocate for their children and ensure they get the care they need. To help you set your child up for success, please follow the AOA children’s eye exam schedule.

You should bring your child in for their first eye exam when they are between 6 months and 1 year old. Eye exams at this age allow your optometrist to look for developing issues that could have serious consequences for your child’s vision or eye health.

You should book your child’s next eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5. This serves a very similar purpose as their first eye exam, but their eyes have now developed enough that they can respond to different tests. During this time, children are also more likely to develop visual conditions that can impact their development, including strabismus, amblyopia, and a variety of refractive errors, including myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism.

Your child should have their eyes examined one last time before they begin school, and annually after that. Myopia is the most common refractive error this age group develops, and without preventative measures, it can lead to high prescriptions later in life. Your optometrist can easily detect these eye conditions. Early detection is key to preventive care and management.

What To Expect During Your Child’s Eye Exam

Your child’s eye exam isn’t going to be very different from any of the eye exams we provide for our adult or senior patients. So, if you’ve ever had an eye exam yourself, you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect for your child.

Each children’s eye exam includes a quick chat with you about your child’s health, eye health, and family health history. It’s important to ask questions at the beginning of the exam so we can tailor the examination to your child’s needs if necessary. Your child’s and family’s health history can play a role in what we look for when we perform these exams, so please let us know about anything you might think is important.

Our eye exam will also test your child’s eye strength, acuity, and eye alignment. Your optometrist will also perform tests designed to help detect any signs of health problems with your child’s eyes. This will include testing your child’s:

  • Intraocular eye pressure
  • Retina condition
  • Optic disc condition

Following the exam, we move on to helping your child pick out their glasses if they need any. Our opticians will happily guide you and your child through our library of amazing frames to help pick out the perfect pair to suit their needs and personality.

If your child would prefer contact lenses, our opticians will walk them through a quick educational seminar to teach them how to properly use, clean, and take care of their contacts.

Spotting Eye Problems in Children

Even if your child is too young to tell you they might have a vision problem, there are a few signs you can look for. Your child might have a vision problem if they:

  • Are having trouble maintaining steady eye contact.
  • Have crooked or crossed eyes (amblyopia or strabismus).
  • Have trouble reading.
  • Suffer from frequent headaches.
  • Experience frequent eye strain.

By picking up on these hints, you can respond quickly and help protect your child’s vision.

Book Your Child’s Next Appointment

Eye health is important throughout your child’s life, and by taking them for regular eye exams as a child, you can help teach them about the importance of good eye health and vision. Start teaching your child a lifetime of good habits. Book an appointment today.

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Our practice is conveniently located at 417 Sycamore Valley Road, Danville, CA. We can be found on the corner of San Ramon Valley Blvd. and Sycamore Valley Road, next to Old Republic.

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417 Sycamore Valley Road
Danville, CA 94526

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Phone: 925.838.3021

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Monday
9 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday
9 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday
10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday
9 AM – 6 PM
Friday
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