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Pediatric Eye Care Questions with Dr. Lewis Part 1

We asked Dr. Lewis some Pediatric Eye Care questions. This is part 1 of he answers.

Why is it important for children to have their eyes examined?

According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected.

When should a child have his or her first eye doctor’s appointment?

The American Optometric Association (AOA) children should have their eyes examined by an eye doctor at 6 months, 3 years, at the start of school, and then at least every 2 years following. If there are any signs that there may be a vision problem or if the child has certain risk factors (such as developmental delays, premature birth, crossed or lazy eyes, family history or previous injuries) more frequent exams are recommended.

How often do you recommend children come in for a routine eye exam?

Children without symptoms should generally be seen at least every two years. But children with vision symptoms or that have been prescribed glasses should be seen annually.

Are there any signs that a child should have his or her eyes checked?

Symptoms such as headaches, frequent blinking, avoidance of reading, double vision, poor comprehension would all be reasons to get an eye exam.

Describe something – technique or technology – that makes a pediatric eye exam or pediatric eye care different from adult eye care.

While the exams between adults and children are similar, there are certain aspects of a children’s vision system that deserve extra attention. Specifically, we want to make sure that children show good binocular vision (eyes well aligned and similar in acuity). We also want to pay careful attention to the child’s nearpoint focusing ability and tracking.

 

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD