Children’s Vision Testing and Eye Exams at Crystal Vision Center
You're never too young to get the most out of your vision. That's a reason children’s vision can benefit from an annual eye exam here at Crystal Vision Center. Our pediatric optometrist in College Station, Dr. Justin Mays, has the skills, expertise, and compassionate approach necessary to help children experience better eye function and clearer vision.
Infants aren't born with crystal-clear vision; their eyes and brain have to learn how to communicate with each other, developing in unison to bring the world into focus and make sense of it. The first years of life are critical for mental development and physical coordination, and vision plays a crucial role. But you might not detect a vision problem in your child at this stage, and your child has no frame of reference to recognize or describe such a problem. That's why our eye doctor recommends that children receive their first eye exam by the age of three. The sooner we can detect any issues in eye function, focus or coordination, the sooner we recommend vision therapy or other appropriate treatment.
Importance of Proper Pediatric Care
Since vision problems can closely mimic other pediatric disorders, many children may be misdiagnosed as suffering from a disability they don't have. For instance, a child who can't be bothered to read, play catch or follow instructions on a blackboard might be diagnosed with ADHD, when in fact the child simply can't see well enough to perform those tasks. For instance:
- "Delayed development" may turn out to be a simple case of myopia; once vision problems are corrected, the affected child may catch up rapidly with other schoolmates.
- Children who routinely mix up letters when they read may be thought to have dyslexia, when the real problem is that they can't make out the shapes of the letters clearly enough to interpret them correctly.
- Chronic headaches can be misdiagnosed as a health problem when they're actually caused by eye strain.
It's critical that children receive the proper eye care to obtain a correct diagnosis -- not only so they can see better and learn more effectively, but to avoid giving them drugs or other treatments they don't need and shouldn't receive.
Once a child is old enough to answer questions and interact with our eye doctor, testing for refractive errors becomes a major part of pediatric eye care. Even if children are too young to know their ABCs, we can still show them an eye chart with shapes and ask them to describe those shapes line by line. If your child's vision is not 20/20, we can determine the right prescription for corrective lenses that can make an enormous difference in the child's academic performance, comfort, and perception of the world.
Talk to Our Pediatric Optometrist in College Station
Schedule an eye appoint for your child with our pediatric optometrist in College Station. Great vision is a big part of a great childhood!