June 22, 2016 WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A CHILD’S EYE EXAMINATION?
Optometrist Dr. Shaheen Gillani of Squint Eyewear provides some insight on what you can expect during your child’s eye examination.
What are some signs that your child(ren) may need glasses?
What can be expected at a child’s eye exam?
A child’s eye exam consists of a thorough oculo-visual assessment. It is recommended to start early; the child does not need to be verbal as objective tests can be used to determine if there are any abnormalities. The power of the eyes is just one small segment of the eye exam and a sight-test alone does not constitute an eye examination.
- The eye muscles are tested to rule out any eye turns or “lazy eye” (amblyopia).
- The depth perception and color vision are checked, as the prevalence of color vision defects are 8% in males. It is important to know this early in life as there are a few professions in which a color vision deficiency can pose as a barrier.
- The eye health is thoroughly checked to not only screen for any disease or defect, but to establish a baseline which can be referred back to yearly. Every eye is unique and having a baseline to refer back to later in life is very important in establishing patters related to a number of diseases including glaucoma and retinal disorders.
Do you have any tips on how to encourage kids to wear their glasses regularly?
Book your child’s eye exam at Squint Eyewear today!