The goal of vision testing is to identify and treat vision problems as early as possible. Up until now we have relied on the doctor’s exam and the parents’ observations to diagnose anissue. Pediatricians and parents are sometimes able to recognize a vision problem but often we don’t discover it until the preschool/kindergarten well visit when children are capable of being tested by the traditional eye chart.
Over the past decade we have experienced a huge advance in vision testing for young children. We are now able to identify and treat significant issues in children as young as 6 months of age that would otherwise not be detected until at least age 4. The newer technologies used to diagnose vision problems in young children are expensive and may not be covered by your insurance. Beansprout Pediatrics offers vision testing for a reasonable fee regardless of insurance coverage $30, so that these tests are available for everyone. Using the Plusoptix Pediatric Autorefractor a binocular hand-held autorefractor/photo screener we can detect the most prevalent vision disorders in children as early as possible.
Refraction (Spherical Equivalent) Pupil Diameter and Pupil Distance
Symmetry of Corneal Reflexes Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
Myopia (Nearsightedness) Astigmatism (Blurred Vision)
Anisometropia (Unequal Refractive Power) Anisocoria (Unequal Pupil Size)
Strabismus (Eye Misalignment)
When should my child Have his/her eyes checked?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children have their eyes checked by a pediatrician at the following ages:
Newborn All babies should have their eyes checked for infections, defects, cataracts, or glaucoma before leaving the hospital. This is especially true for premature babies, babies who were given oxygen for an extended period, and babies with multiple medical problems.
6 months of age As part of each well-child visit,:eye health, vision development, and alignment of the eyes should be checked.
1 to 2 years Photo screening devices can be used to start detecting potential eyes problems.
3 to 4 years Eyes and vision should be checked for any abnormalities that may cause problems with later development.
5 years and older Vision in each eye should be checked separately every year.