It’s Never too Early for Eye Health
It’s never too early to focus on your children’s eye health and vision. Their sense of sight is important at every age and every stage of development.
Children might be nervous about their eye exam. Rest assured, our optometrists have experience with children and can put them at ease. It’s critical to give them a positive impression of optometrists early in life so they feel comfortable coming for regular appointments.
If your child does need glasses, we offer a wide selection of colours and styles that will put a smile on their face.
Book their appointment today to set them up for success—and a lifetime of healthy vision.Request Appointment
When Do Children Need Eye Exams?
Our team recommends a comprehensive eye exam for children before the age of 3. After 3, we recommend a comprehensive eye exam every year to age 18.
Proper vision is essential for children’s success—in life and academics. Beyond just seeing what’s in front of them at school, visual skills are needed for social, cognitive, and motor skill development.Request Appointment
Children’s Vision Issues
There are several vision conditions that develop in childhood and can impact eyesight. Our skilled optometrists can diagnose and recommend treatment for a variety of childrens' vision issues, including the following.
Myopia (nearsightedness) begins in childhood and can continue to develop until vision stabilizes in adulthood. High myopia increases the risks of more serious conditions later on, and children with undiagnosed myopia can struggle in school.
Most children with myopia received a diagnosis before the age of 12, making children’s eye exams a key component of addressing the condition early on. While it cannot be cured, myopia can be controlled if detected early.
Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)
A muscle condition known as strabismus is usually the culprit when the eyes are crossed. It generally means the eyes are not working together properly. Sometimes, the condition is evident as one eye is turned in a different direction.
Strabismus does not get better on its own and requires intervention from an optometrist to rectify.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Amblyopia, also known as a lazy eye, occurs when there is a large difference in prescription between each eye. Over time, the connection between the brain and the affected eye decreases, as one eye consistently provides poor images.
Treatment, such as patching the good eye and forcing the brain to connect with the weaker one, can almost always resolve this condition.
When blurry or double vision is present, convergence insufficiency may be the reason. Convergence insufficiency occurs when the eyes don’t work together while looking at nearby objects or up-close work.
An eye exam is imperative to detect convergence insufficiency, as it occasionally presents without visual cues.
Stages of Sight
There are many milestones in a baby’s visual progression. Here’s what to expect at some important stages:
- Birth to 1 Month: Your baby should be staring at bright lights or faces, albeit for a short time.
- 1 to 3 Months: They’ll begin to look toward sounds and follow objects horizontally.
- 3 to 5 Months: Babies begin to reach for objects and see differences between colours.
- 5 to 7 Months: Hand-eye coordination will begin to develop and your baby should start looking at distant objects.
- 7 to 12 Months: Depth perception, focusing, and other visual skills should be developed, and your baby might begin to copy facial expressions they see.
As children get older, you can help encourage their healthy visual development by playing look-and-find games like Where’s Waldo?, doing word searches and maze games together, and limiting their screen time.
To ensure your child is developing visual skills at the appropriate pace, be sure to bring them in for comprehensive eye exams.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Glasses?
If they are experiencing a vision issue, children are often unable to articulate the problem—they might not even know there is a problem. Unlike adults, children have not established a baseline of what proper vision looks like for them.
Bringing your child for regular eye exams can help establish that baseline. We can help detect any vision problems early on. Book their appointment today!Request Appointment
Visit Our Location
We’re conveniently located across from My Dad’s Pizza and Knoll Avenue. Free parking is available in the lot steps from our front door. We look forward to seeing you at your next eye exam!
- 4600 Buffalo Rd.
- Erie, PA 16510
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
Closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30