Children's Eye Exams in Pennsylvania

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Help Preserve Your Child’s Vision & Eye Health

Having children is a wonderful experience. We’re able to pass on everything we know, while making little adjustments to help them avoid the same mistakes we made. However, there is a certain level of responsibility you have to take as a parent to make sure your child stays happy and healthy.

One of these responsibilities is making sure your child has regular eye exams. Your child’s eyes are constantly developing and changing as they grow, but by having routine eye exams, you can help ensure their eyes stay healthy and vision remains clear.

All you need to do is book the appointment, then let our optometrists happily guide you through everything you need to know about your child’s eyesight.

Why is it Important For Your Child to Have Eye Exams?

Eye exams do a lot more than assess your child’s prescription. They are the first step to protecting your child’s eyes from a host of different eye diseases and conditions that could develop without your knowledge, or even theirs.

Some of these diseases and conditions can include myopia, amblyopia, strabismus, or even diabetes. If these are allowed to develop without intervention, they may lead to permanent visual issues, lasting the rest of your child’s life.

When Should Your Child Have Eye Exams?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends the following timelines for when your child should have eye exams, but these may change from child to child, depending on the circumstances.

Newborns should have an eye exam by an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or pediatrician to perform a red reflex test to determine if your baby’s eyes are healthy. If your child is born prematurely or with a high risk of developing health problems, they should have a comprehensive eye exam performed by an eye care professional.

The AAO recommends their next exam occur between 6 months of age and your child’s first birthday, to confirm their eyes are healthy and developing as expected.

At age 3, the AAO recommends that your child have another eye exam. Your child is better able to communicate and conditions like hyperopia, myopia, amblyopia, or strabismus can develop around this age. An eye exam can allow your optometrist to diagnose eye issues and find a solution that may resolve them.

Your child should have another eye exam before starting school and subsequent exams every year. until the age of 18. Myopia is the most common eye issue children face during this time, but other conditions may also develop, depending on your child’s systemic and ocular health.

Spotting the Signs of Vision Problems

Little children might be too young to express that they’re experiencing problems with their vision, or they might not even know they have a vision problem. As parents, you can spot some signs of vision issues, so you can get your child the help they need.

Some typical signs of vision problems in children include:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Constant eye rubbing or blinking
  • Adjusting their head position or closing an eye to watch television or read
  • Double vision
  • Losing their place while reading
  • Avoiding close-up work or activities

What Does a Children’s Eye Exam Look Like

Our eye care team strives to help ensure your child’s eye exam is comfortable and comprehensive.

Like all of our eye exams, we start with a conversation about your child’s ocular and health history, as well as your family health history. We encourage you to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have about the exam or their eye health. The more we know about your child’s eyes, the better we can tailor the exam.

Following this chat, we’ll move on to assessing your child’s visual acuity. We’ll use tried and tested tools like a phoropter and eye charts to determine if your child needs a prescription to help them see clearly.

After this, we’ll take a detailed look at your child’s ocular health. This part of the exam is very important because it allows your optometrist to spot any conditions or diseases that may be developing without symptoms. By detecting these problems early, your optometrist can help find solutions to manage, or possibly even prevent, these issues from harming your child’s vision.

Some of the tools we may use include fundus photography, Optos retinal imaging, and OCT scans.

Once we determine your child’s prescription and eye health, we will invite you to see our wonderful team of opticians to help your child find a pair of glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision!

Our Locations

Stroudsburg

Our Stroudsburg location is easily located right on Route 611, in the same shopping complex with Friendly’s and Dollar General. There is plenty of parking right in front of our practice, with disabled parking options available.

Contact Information

Phone: 570-421-3342
Fax: 570-421-8490

Address

2942 Route 611 Suite 5
Tannersville, PA 18372

Hours of Operations

Monday
9 AM6 PM
Tuesday
9 AM6 PM
Wednesday
9 AM4 PM
Thursday
9 AM6 PM
Friday
9 AM4 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Our Stroudsburg location is easily located right on Route 611, in the same shopping complex with Friendly’s and Dollar General. There is plenty of parking right in front of our practice, with disabled parking options available.

Contact Information

Phone: 570-421-3342
Fax: 570-421-8490

Address

2942 Route 611 Suite 5
Tannersville, PA 18372

Hours of Operations

Monday
9 AM6 PM
Tuesday
9 AM6 PM
Wednesday
9 AM4 PM
Thursday
9 AM6 PM
Friday
9 AM4 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Hazleton

Our Hazleton location is easily located right on the Airport Beltway, in the same shopping complex as Hertz and Antonia’s Jewelry & Repair. There’s plenty of parking right in front of our practice, with disabled parking options available.

Contact Information

Phone: 570-453-2020
Fax: 570-453-1020

Address

281 Airport Road
Hazle Township, PA 18202

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM6 PM
Tuesday
8 AM4 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8 AM4 PM
Friday
8 AM4 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Our Hazleton location is easily located right on the Airport Beltway, in the same shopping complex as Hertz and Antonia’s Jewelry & Repair. There’s plenty of parking right in front of our practice, with disabled parking options available.

Contact Information

Phone: 570-453-2020
Fax: 570-453-1020

Address

281 Airport Road
Hazle Township, PA 18202

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM6 PM
Tuesday
8 AM4 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8 AM4 PM
Friday
8 AM4 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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