Pediatric Eye Exam
Strong, accurate vision is essential for proper physical development and educational progress in growing children whose visual system isn’t fully mature. Equal input from both eyes is required for development of the brain’s visual centers. Permanent and irreversible loss of vision may result if their eyes don’t provide a clear, focused image to the developing brain. Early detection provides the best opportunity for effective, inexpensive treatment.
In general, a primary care physician should screen infants shortly after birth and at routine well-child exams. If screening results are abnormal, the child should be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for further examination. In addition, any infants considered at higher risk for eye problems, such as those with prematurity, neuro-developmental delay, or a family history of childhood eye disease, should have a comprehensive examination by a pediatric ophthalmologist during infancy.
If routine screening is normal during the first two years, the first comprehensive examination by a pediatric ophthalmologist should be around 3 years old. Subsequent exams occur periodically throughout the school years, or more frequently as needed.
The comprehensive pediatric eye exam requires dilation of the eyes and includes assessment of visual acuity, refractive error (need for glasses), eye alignment, eye movement and tracking, depth perception, color vision, visual field (peripheral vision), and assessment of all ocular structures. Additional sophisticated testing is performed when necessary.
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Pediatric Eye Examinations at Dean McGee Eye Institute
Our team of pediatric ophthalmologists are trained to conduct comprehensive eye examinations on the youngest of patients. They can learn much about the status of your child’s eye health and vision through these exams.
If a routine screening has indicated a need for further examination, or you’re concerned your child might be suffering from a pediatric eye condition, you owe it to them to schedule an appointment with one of our experts by calling 405.271.1094 or 800.787.9016. We look forward to caring for your child’s eye and vision needs.