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Pediatric Eye Care Q&A’s with Dr. Lewis – Part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on Pediatric Eye Care with Dr. Scott Lewis.

What can a child / parent expect during a pediatric eye exam?

Don’t worry if your child isn’t fully confident in their letters. We can still check visual acuity using other types of charts. We also have an instrument that is very accurate in estimating the child’s prescription status. Parents are encouraged to be in the exam room while the exam is taking place. Although children are often nervous about having an eye exam, it usually does not take long for them to become comfortable during the exam.

In addition to a routine eye exam, what other services do parents bring their children to your office for?

Eye infections are probably the most common reason we see children other than a routine exam. Not all “pink eye” infections are bacterial in nature, so proper assessment from an eye doctor is needed to manage these cases appropriately. We also sometimes see children that have suffered eye injuries.

What is your busiest time of year for eye exams for kids?

Late summer and early fall are usually the busiest time for eye exams for kids. Sometimes parents want to get their vision before school starts, which is a great idea. We also see many children in the early weeks of the school year when they realize that they are struggling to see far away, or suffering from eyestrain issues with nearpoint work.

Can you share a story that was particularly successful or inspirational about pediatric eye care at your office?

In my experience, school screenings can often give a false sense of a child’s vision status. These screenings typically are only trying to discover children with distance vision issues. It takes a comprehensive eye exam with an eye doctor to discover problems such as poor focusing up close, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (turned eye), convergence insufficiency, and poor binocular vision. These problems can be missed by school screenings, yet can cause extreme difficulty for a child in a learning environment. Many of my pediatric eye exam success stories revolve around discovering and prescribing solutions for problems revolving around near vision challenges.

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