Pediatric Eye Exams
Infant Eye Exam (~6 mo. old)
Our optometrist or ophthalmologist observes how your 6-month-old baby focuses and checks to see if the baby uses both eyes together.
During the exam, your Shah Eye Center doctor will also check for rare diseases such as congenital cataracts and will determine whether nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism is present.Although a baby can’t provide any “subjective” input at this age, the doctor can conduct several tests that will provide input about the child’s eyesight.
Toddler Eye Exam (3-4 years old)
Your toddler’s eyes will be tested using eye charts that contain pictures, numbers or letters. At this stage of your child’s development, Shah Eye Center measures a child’s visual acuity, depth perception, and color vision. We also examine the health of the eyes and look for any signs of cross-eye or other congenital disorders.
Preschool Eye Exam
It is important for your child to have an eye exam when starting school and every two years if there are no problems detected. Vision screenings conducted through schools are not complete eye examinations, although Shah Eye Center fully encourages that vision screenings.
School Aged Children Eye Exam
As soon as a child reaches school age, your Shah Eye Center eye doctor should perform a pediatric eye exam, making allowances for a child’s limited ability to read.
This exam will include an overall look at the appearance of the eye and surrounding area, checking for signs such as squinting, drooping of eyelids, facial muscles that do not appear to be working properly, and signs of irritation such as redness or swelling.
A check of pupil function will also be done at this time using a penlight to see if the pupil responds normally. Also, Shah Eye Center care professional will perform the following checks:
- Eye alignment
- Near convergence – point at which both eyes together can see a single image
- Near point of accommodation – closest point at which an image is seen clearly
- Stereopsis – ability to see three dimensionally
- Color vision
- Confrontation fields – a test of peripheral (side) vision
If any of these initial tests indicate a potential problem, more extensive testing may be required.