Start Their Lives with Strong Vision & Healthy Eyes
San Clemente Optometry knows children deserve the same high standard of eye care as adults and seniors, even though they may face different risks. That’s why we offer comprehensive eye exams designed for children’s unique eye health and vision needs.
Our practice is a friendly, relaxing place where kids can feel at ease, and our eye doctors know how to turn eye exams into fun educational opportunities.
Keep your kids’ eyes protected early in life. Book their exam at our practice today.
Why Do My Children Need Eye Exams?
Following the exam schedule provided by your child’s eye doctor helps us discover these risks before they cause significant difficulties. Our perspective is often necessary for finding vision problems. Children who have never experienced healthy vision often assume their experience is normal and may not know anything is wrong until they have an eye exam.
Investing in your child’s eye health and vision can also help them avoid problems in school. 80% of what children learn in school happens visually, so a child with uncorrected vision problems might struggle to see the board in class or participate in activities.
When Should My Children Have Eye Exams?
Our eye doctors will make sure your kids receive the right amount of attention. We suggest bringing your child for their first complete eye exam at 1 year old, with additional exams:
- Once before starting first grade, at age 5 or 6
- Once a year afterward, until they turn 18
We base our recommendations on the American Optometric Association guidelines, but they might change if your child needs extra help. We’ll give you a personalized exam schedule for them as soon as we’ve had a chance to get to know their eyes.
What Happens During a Kid’s Eye Exam?
We’ll probably start by asking you and your child a few easy questions about how they use their eyes for everyday activities. Then we’ll look at their eyes for signs of health risks or vision problems and work with you to create plans for dealing with anything we find.
During the exam, we’ll probably pay close attention to your child’s visual acuity, binocular vision, and refraction, as well as the overall health of their eyes. Then we’ll update their prescription so they can get any corrective lenses they need.
When you come to the exam, make sure to bring any glasses or contact lenses your child is already using. Having these items on hand allows us to replace them much more quickly. At the end of the exam, we’ll give you some tips for maintaining your child’s new lenses and take time to answer any questions you still have.