Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life—academically, socially and athletically. High-quality eye care can help overcome these obstacles and help enable children to reach their highest potential.
We love taking care of kids at Sunrise Vision Care!
A school vision or pediatrician’s screening is NOT a substitute for a thorough eye examination. Our comprehensive vision examination goes beyond 20/20 to evaluate important vision skills that relate to learning, such as eye teaming (binocularity), eye focusing (accommodation), eye movements (tracking), and convergence.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive complete eye examinations at the ages of six months, three years and five years. This recommendation is particularly important if you notice any signs that may indicate a vision development problem, including:
- An eye that “wanders” out or “crosses” in
- Any whitening or discoloration in the pupil (the round black center of the eye)
- Short attention span for the child’s age
- Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination in ball play, games and bike riding
- Difficulty learning shapes, colors and letters
- Avoidance of coloring and puzzles and other detailed activities
It is particularly important that a child have a comprehensive eye examination prior to starting kindergarten. While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended. If important vision skills are not functioning properly, a child may experience:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Excessive eye rubbing
- Tired eyes, sore eyes or general fatigue
- Red eyes, itchy eyes or “crusty” eyelids
Be Aware! Your child might be showing you signs that he/she has vision or visual processing problems:
- Losing place while reading
- Difficulty copying from the board
- Avoiding close work
- Holding reading material closer than normal
- Turning or tilting head to use one eye only while reading
- Making frequent reversals when reading or writing
- Using finger to maintain place when reading
- Omitting or confusing small words when reading
- Consistently performing below potential
Here are some tips to make your child’s optometric examination a positive experience:
- Make the appointment for a time of day when your child is usually alert
- Allow about one hour.
- Talk about the examination in advance and encourage your child’s questions.
- Explain the examination in your child’s terms, comparing the E chart to a puzzle, and the instruments to flashlights and a kaleidoscope.
If it turns our your child needs glasses, you can be assured we will use the safest, most shatter-resistant lens materials. We carry a variety of children’s eye wear, so your child can choose a durable, stylish frame he or she really likes.
Some of the kids’ frames we carry include:
- Kids Central
- Nine West
…and many more