Pediatric Eye Exam

Atkinson Family Eye Care: John Atkinson, O.D., PLLC

Optometry located in Kannapolis, NC

Your child relies on their eyes for safety, learning, and social interaction. But your child may not be aware or be able to describe trouble with their vision. Regular eye exams will determine if your child has vision problems that could affect the way your child lives and learns. The caring staff at Atkinson Family Eye Care in Kannapolis, North Carolina, will put your child at ease during their comprehensive pediatric eye exam. To learn more about pediatric optometry, call or email the office, or schedule an appointment online.

Pediatric Eye Exam Q & A

Atkinson Family Eye Care: John Atkinson, O.D., PLLC

Why does my child need an eye exam?

When Dr. Atkinson performs a comprehensive pediatric eye exam, he uses state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to check the health, shape and visual acuity of your child’s eyes. Some of the functions assessed in a pediatric eye exam include:

  • Visual acuity
  • Focusing skills
  • Eye tracking skills
  • Depth perception
  • Color vision
  • Visual-motor integration

The American Optometry Association (AOA) recommends that children have comprehensive exams at age 6 months, 3 years, and every year once they are in kindergarten.

What signs or symptoms mean my child could have vision problems?

Very young children can’t easily communicate about trouble with their eyes, but older children also may not realize their vision is impaired or may not know how to describe the way they see and feel. It’s a good idea to schedule an exam for your child if you notice any of the following:

  • Squinting
  • Trouble identifying near or far objects        
  • Wandering, or “lazy” eyes
  • Eyes that don’t move together
  • Frequent closing or covering of one eye
  • Eyes appear to shake or vibrate
  • Frequent tilting of the head
  • Changes in shape, size or color of eyes

If you feel your child isn’t progressing with reading, they always rely on their finger or frequently lose their place when reading, then it’s a good idea to have an exam to rule out any vision issues.

What if my child needs glasses?

If your child needs glasses, they are not alone! The AOA estimates that 25% of all school-aged kids require corrective lenses.

If the doctor determines that your child is nearsighted, farsighted or has astigmatism, they will need corrective lenses. Older children and teens may also be candidates for contact lenses. Atkinson Family Eye Care offers a broad selection of frames for kids, scratch-resistant lens coating and a scratch warranty for kids glasses.

The team enjoys working with kids and can provide tips and tricks that make wearing and taking care of glasses easy and fun for you and your child. When your child sees Dr. Atkinson for a pediatric eye exam, they will learn, laugh, and be cared for by warm, friendly professionals.

Atkinson Family Eye Care accepts Medicaid and most insurance plans. Schedule an appointment online or call today for more information.