There are many instances in which coming in for a children’s eye exam simply makes sense. If you notice your child having difficulty seeing things – examples may include not looking at you when they speak, holding books and digital devices too close or standing very close to the TV – we recommend coming in right away for a pediatric eye exam. The benefit of this is very clear. Your child may not see as well as he or she should or could.
Children’s eye care is very important! At Arena Eye Care in Sacramento, CA, we help our young patients maintain good vision and good eye health from birth and on. Getting your child regular eye exams will help ensure that your child has healthy eyes, clear vision, and full eye functionality.
When Should You See Sacramento Optometrists?
Eye exams in Sacramento are recommended for children on a yearly basis if not more often beginning no later than entry into kindergarten. If your child shows signs of blurry vision or an eye turn, fails a screening test, you notice a white pupil or anything else that concerns you, then do not wait regardless of how old your child is. 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. From there, your eye doctor in Natomas will make recommendations for the frequency of your visits.
A Visit with Our Sacramento Optometrist
Dr. Krister L. Holmberg and Dr. Shephali Patel provide eye exams that involve one-on-one care for your child. We'll discuss any concerns you have. We offer children-friendly exams that make it possible for them to have fun in a relaxed environment. Although useful, eye exams do not depend on your child's ability to communicate his or her ability to see well. Not all children understand what they are experiencing and even if they do, they may be too shy to explain or verbalize their experience. In fact, we can still get very good results even if they don’t say a word! We offer a wide range of vision testing tools available that are designed to provide information on vision quality and eye health for our pediatric patients. In short, the eye exams you receive from us will be very much customized to your child's needs.
Detecting Eye Diseases with an Eye Exam
Eye exams in Sacramento are also a very important step in maintaining your child's overall eye health. While most children's eyes are healthy, it is possible to develop a wide range of conditions that can limit eyesight later. Conditions such as amblyopia, or lazy eye, are very common in younger children. When we monitor for this type of eye disease and catch it early, we are likely to be able to correct it. This can help ensure your child's vision is protected for years to come.
If you have any concerns about your child's vision, don't wait to give our team a call. We recommend calling us immediately if your child has:
- Unexplained headaches
- Blurry vision
- Redness or irritation in or around the eye
- Excessive crusting of the eyes
- Trouble reading or performing well in class
- Evidence of favoring one eye over the other, such as turning his or her head
- A white pupil
When you come in to see your eye doctor in Natomas, we'll discuss all types of eye diseases your child may be at risk for. We look for these during our comprehensive eye exams in Natomas. Those conditions include but are not limited to near-sightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and underdeveloped eyesight. Depending on the diagnosis, these can be corrected using eyeglasses, contact lenses or vision therapy. We also encourage you to bring in your child for eye diseases such as 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 Care From Our Sacramento Optometrist
When babies are first born, the muscles that control their eyes are not yet fully developed. Until a baby is a couple months old, he or she will not be able to see distances more than a foot away. Newborns cannot track objects in movement, and their eyes may cross frequently while their eye muscles are still developing.
By the time a baby is a few months old, normal vision will begin to develop. When your baby is a toddler, he or she should be able to track objects in movement, see distances farther than a foot, and distinguish colors.
Benefits of Baby Eye Exams
Your child's first eye exam should take place no later than between the ages of 3 and 5 years. If you notice your child squinting, if your child has asymmetric "red eyes" (for example one pupil is white and the other is red) when a photo with a flash is taken, if you notice a wandering eye (one or both are not straight) or there is a family history of eye problems, then schedule your child for a detailed evaluation with Dr. Krister Holmberg or Dr. Shephali Patel regardless of how old he or she is. This will help ensure that your baby's vision is developing normally and that your child has healthy eyes. There are many reasons that your baby should see an eye doctor, even if you don't have reason to believe that your baby has poor vision. Some of the benefits of baby eye exams include:
Ensure your baby has healthy eyes
Babies can't tell their parents when their eyes are unhealthy and even when they speak they oftentimes don't understand what's going on or are unable to communicate that in a way you understand what they are trying to say. The only way to know for sure that your child's eyes are functioning properly and that your baby is healthy is by taking your baby to the eye doctor.
Catch serious eye diseases early
Taking your baby to the eye doctor when he or she is very young may help the eye doctor catch any serious eye diseases early. Babies are known for being good at healing, which means that some eye conditions and very serious eye diseases babies develop are reversible. Waiting until your child is older to visit the eye doctor for the first time may mean that your child's eye condition will be permanent.
School Aged Children Eye Care
By the time your child is going to school, he or she should be getting annual eye exams. During school-aged children's eye exams, the optometrist checks for visual acuity, eye function, and eye health.
Benefits of School Aged Children Eye Exams
There are many benefits of children’s eye exams in school aged children.
Clear vision helps children succeed in school
Taking your child to the eye doctor before the start of each new school year will help ensure that your child has a clear vision in the classroom.
Regular eye exams help keep your child's prescription up to date
Your child's eyes will change a lot as your child grows. Many children 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.
Schedule Your Child’s Eye Exam with a Sacramento Optometrist
For quality eye care for children, contact Arena Eye Care in Sacramento. We serve Sacramento, Natomas, Woodland, Davis, Elk Grove, Roseville, Ranch Cordova, Citrus Heights, Carmichael and surrounding towns and cities. We take children's eye health very seriously.
Our team will work with you to find the proper solution for your child's needs. Contact Arena Eye Care at (916) 419-8167 for an appointment.