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Pediatric Eye Exams in Kennesaw, GA
At Hobson Eye Associates, pediatric eye exams in Kennesaw, GA are just one of the many eye care services we're proud to offer. Unfortunately, not all parents understand the importance of bringing their children in for regular eye and vision exams. In reality, routine eye exams are just as important as your child's visits to a pediatrician! Here in our office, we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment for children and adults alike.
The Importance of Kennesaw Eye Exams for Kids
So, why are Kennesaw eye exams for kids so important, anyway? For starters, without regular eye exams, you may have a hard time knowing whether or not your child needs corrective lenses. This is especially true with younger children, who may not have the vocabulary or ability to voice concerns or problems with their vision to you. As you child ages and begins school, regular eye exams will be vital in ensuring your child can see well in the classroom and achieve their full academic potential.
It's also important to note that children's eyes develop at a very fast rate. Throughout the stages of development, there's a lot that can potentially go wrong. In fact, it's estimated that one in four children suffers from an undetected vision problem. Bringing your child in for regular eye exams allows our doctors to keep an eye on your child's ocular development, be on the lookout for signs of problems, and even remedy certain problems (like "lazy eye" or other common childhood eye conditions) before they become serious.
When to Schedule a Children's Eye Exam
Believe it or not, a child should have his or her first eye exam at the age of six months. That's because, during this stage of infancy, your child's vision is rapidly developing and changing. Specifically, your child's vision is sharpening and early "red flags" can be spotted. From the age of six months on, annual eye exams are highly recommended. Parents with school-aged children should also be aware that a school-sponsored vision exam is not the same as a comprehensive eye and vision exam at an optometrist's office.
In between exams, parents should also schedule an appointment with an eye doctor if any abnormalities are spotted. This includes the progression of a lazy eye or child complaining of eye pain or sudden changes in vision.
What to Expect From a Pediatric Eye Exam
Most pediatric eye exams include a vision test, pupil test, and eye movement test. The vision test will determine whether or not your child is in need of corrective lenses, whereas the pupil test checks to ensure that your child's pupils respond properly to changes in light. Movement tests are designed to examine your child's peripheral and directional vision. For some tests, an eye doctor may need to use eye drops to dilate the pupils; many children are understandably nervous about eye drops. However, it's a good idea to remind your child that eye drops are a painless and important part of the exam.
Questions? Call Our Office to Schedule an Appointment
If your child is in need of an eye exam at any age, or if you're simply interested in finding out more about our practice, give Hobson Eye Associates a call at 770-424-2020. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have or set up an appointment that works with your busy schedule. We're open six days a week, including Saturdays!