Up to 25% of children and teens need some type of vision correction. Pediatric eye care can protect your little one’s eyesight and alert you to potential problems. At St. Croix Falls Eye Associates, in St. Croix Falls, Webster, and Frederic, Wisconsin, licensed optometrists Lawrence Tran, OD, and Sandra Dolphin, OD, use pediatric eye care to keep children’s eyes healthy. Call the nearest office today to request pediatric eye care for your child, or book your appointment online.

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What is pediatric eye care?

Pediatric eye care is an optometry subspecialty that diagnoses and treats eye diseases and other vision problems in infants, children, and teens.

St. Croix Falls Eye Associates encourages you to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child when they’re six months old, to ensure their eyes develop normally. After that, your child’s optometrist develops a personalized screening schedule that typically includes an exam every 2-3 years.

What are the symptoms of pediatric eye problems?

Make a pediatric eye care appointment for your child at St. Croix Falls Eye Associates if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Frequent headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble with reading retention
  • Difficulty seeing the chalkboard at school
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty maintaining eye contact

Other symptoms that may indicate an underlying vision problem in children include frequent blinking or regularly rubbing the eyes.

What does pediatric eye care involve?

At St. Croix Falls Eye Associates, the optometrists tailor pediatric eye care based on each child’s age.

Eye exams for infants

Your baby’s optometrist completes an exam, ensuring their eyes are developing normally. They test your baby’s pupil response, their ability to follow an object as it moves (fixate and follow), and measure your baby’s vision with special flashcards.

Eye exams for preschool-aged kids

Eye exams for children screen for common problems like lazy eye, color blindness, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.

Often, pediatric vision problems exacerbate developmental delays. Visual acuity testing, ocular health screenings, and visual skills assessments can help your child see more clearly and improve their performance in the classroom.

Eye exams for older children and teens

Eye exams for older children and teens are similar to those for preschool-aged children. But, they include other specific skills tests essential for reading, learning, and playing sports.

What if my child has a vision problem?

If St. Croix Falls Eye Associates determines that your child has a vision problem, they develop a personalized treatment plan. In most cases, vision correction with eyeglasses or contact lenses is enough to sharpen your child’s vision and improve their quality of life. The optometrists also provide more specialized treatments, including prescription medication and eye surgery.

Call St. Croix Falls Eye Associates today to request pediatric eye care for your child, or book an appointment online.