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Q & A With Dr. Krietlow: Kids Eye Exams

pageImage3371471Q: At What Age Do You Think Children Should Be Coming To See The Eye Doctor?

A: We recommend a child has their first exam in our office by age 4 or 5 and definitely before starting kindergarten. Children age 3 or younger should be seen in an office that specializes in pediatrics as they are more equipped to see children of that age.

Q: How Often Should They Be Coming?

A: Children should be seen once a year, preferably around the time school starts, so they are seeing their bestto start off the school year. Kids eyes can change fast and they sometimes are not as aware of it as an adult so it's important for them to be seen regularly.

Q: What are the most often issues that you see in kids when they come for an eye exam? Are they different than problems with adults?

A: Not necessarily from a prescription standpoint, but often times it is from a focusing and visual processing standpoint. A younger child's visual system is not as developed as an adult's and sometimes they need temporary help in the form of vision correction or vision therapy to be able to read and process visual information clearly and efficiently. Sometimes they will grow out of this as they mature and 'learn' how to see.

Q: What do you in a children’s eye exam? Is it different than an adults eye exam?

A: Yes. It's important to do more tests that evaluate the child's visual system for near tasks as they are using their eyes many hours a day in school for learning. If they cannot see what they are looking at clearly and efficiently it can hinder this process.

Q: What might be warning signs that parents should look out for so that they know if their children has a problem with their vision?

A: Squinting to see far away, rubbing their eyes while reading, tilting their head, moving reading material closer or further away than normal, fatiguing quickly while reading/studying/using the computer, complaints of headaches, poor performance in school.