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Should My Child See The Eye Doctor?

Why your child must see an eye doctor

Many parents assume that if their child can see well, they don't need to see an eye doctor. Why not just get their vision screening in school or by their pediatrician. If I know my child can see well, what is there to check out? The answer is a lot. Our Brentwood Eye Doctors specialize in pediatric eye care. We will give your child a much more thorough eye exam than they would get in school.

What does an eye doctor check for on a child?

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While it’s true that the Pediatrician will tell you if your child can see well, that usually means they can see well at a distance. Learning is 80% visual so it’s vital that your child can see properly in every aspect. 25% of children who pass a routine screening test will, in fact, have eye issues. Not only will we check for distance, we will alsocheck the following:

  • Near and farsight – see if your child has an issue seeing at a distance or up close.
  • Binocular Vision/Fusion – do the eyes work together or do they drift apart? Is there eye coordination? If not, they may have Binocular Vision Dysfunction
  • Focusing skills – can the eyes focus on items near and far
  • Lazy eye – making sure one eye isn’t dragging when the other is moving

Because proper vision is so vital to the success of your child's development, its important to let an eye doctor do a comprehensive eye exam on your child. This way, we can make sure everything is working properly and your child will be set up for success.