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Pediatric Eye Exams in Somerset


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How Are Vision and Learning Connected?

According to eye care experts, an estimated 80% of everything your child learns while at school relies on their vision. This means that undetected vision problems can severely harm your child's learning. In fact, many children every year are misdiagnosed with learning difficulties or ADHD, causing them to receive ineffective treatment for conditions they don't actually have.

And vision problems that interfere with school are not rare. One out of every ten school-age children has an issue with their visual skills make succeeding in school and sports harder. This can affect their self-esteem as well. Repeated failures and struggles can negatively impact their confidence levels and the way they see themselves.

Don’t wait until your child is already in school and struggling to read, see the board, or play sports.

At Associates in Eye Care, we have the clinical knowledge and expertise to identify vision issues early on and intervene before the problems affect different areas of your children’s lives.

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School Vision Screenings vs. Comprehensive Eye Exams for Children

Typically, pediatric or school vision screenings check your child’s eyes for basic aberrations or abnormalities. But to ensure good vision and proper eye health development, your child should have a comprehensive eye exam by a pediatric optometrist.

Comprehensive eye evaluations are crucial for revealing potential vision problems which can interfere with kids’ learning development. The exam includes tests for binocularity, refractive error, color vision, vision acuity, and overall eye health.

What Should I Expect During My Child's Eye Exam?

Our Associates in Eye Care optometrist at Associates in Eye Care offers a comprehensive eye health evaluation that includes an examination of both the inside and outside of the eye. The optometrist will use specialized instruments and age-appropriate testing procedures during the pediatric eye exam to evaluate:

  • Distance Visual Acuity
  • Eye Tracking
  • Eye Focusing
  • Depth Perception
  • Color Perception
  • Eye Muscle Teaming
  • Near Visual Acuity
  • Peripheral Awareness

How Often Should a Child Have an Eye Exam?

Children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age.
Following that, they should have their eyes examined at age 3 and at around age 5.
For school-aged children who don’t require correction, an eye exam every two years is recommended. Children wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, however, should be examined annually or as recommended by your optometrist.

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Glasses for Kids

Does your child need glasses? At Associates in Eye Care, we have a great selection of age-appropriate options that your kids will love. Eye care for young patients is our specialty, so we’re well acquainted with the styles, shapes, and colors that your child may like. Our large range of frames for children is inspired by adult trends and incorporates fun and imaginative twists for kids of all ages.

All of our frames are comfortable, durable, and made with kid-friendly materials. We have bright-colored frames for younger children, and the latest fashion trends scaled down to fit younger faces for tweens and teens.

Do your kids play sports? Athletic eyewear for children can help protect their eyes from sports injuries.

At Associates in Eye Care, we have eyewear for every child and teen, no matter their features or preferences.

Let Your Teen Experience the Freedom of Contact Lenses

If your teen doesn't like how they look or feel in glasses, contact lenses could be just the solution. Contacts offer a new look and a new way to see the world around you, and may just be the confidence booster your teen needs.

Contact lenses enhance the natural color of the eye, for a more vibrant look, and they offer the freedom to not worry about losing or breaking glasses during activities such as sports.

Give your child the gift of clear and comfortable vision, and schedule their contact lens fitting with Associates in Eye Care today!

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We Offer Top-Notch Eye Care For Kids

At Associates in Eye Care, our pediatric optometry division is a big source of pride. Our friendly and professional optometry team works hard to make sure that kids of all ages, from babies to teens, have the opportunity to see and experience the world around them as clearly as possible.

Make your child's eye care a priority. Visit our Somerset eye doctors at Associates in Eye Care today!

Associates in Eye Care is dedicated to ensuring excellent vision and serves patients from in and around Somerset.

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