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Pediatric eye exams are important for the children of the surrounding areas of Ashburn, Broadlands, Waxpool, Sterling, Brambleton, and Lansdowne. At OptimEYES, our eye doctor encourages parents to take their children to the eye doctor starting from an early age. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions parents have about pediatric eye exams.
Yes. Not all eye diseases will display obvious symptoms until vision is lost, so catching eye diseases early can help preserve your child's vision and prevent the advancement of diseases. In addition, some eye diseases (like eye cancer) can be deadly, and should be treated right away. Finally, many children who suffer from refractive error do not realize that they have a problem, and thus will not tell their parents that they need to see an eye doctor. The only way to ensure that your child is getting the treatment he or she needs is to take your child to the eye doctor on a regular basis, regardless of symptoms.
Children should see the eye doctor once annually starting from about the age of 6 months old. In addition, you should bring your child in to the eye doctor if he or she displays symptoms of conditions like pink eye or refractive error.
Pink eye is a common eye infection that affects many children. Symptoms of pink eye include:
This condition is very contagious, so if your child displays any of the symptoms above, he or she should come in for an eye exam immediately.
Children who need glasses may:
Some children who suffer from refractive error will also have behavior problems that can easily be misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD.
Children can get eye glasses as young as infancy. Eye doctors can use special eye drops during the eye exam to diagnose refractive error and write an accurate prescription.
No, eye exams do not hurt. Some children may find parts of the eye exam uncomfortable because of the eye drops, which make the eyes more sensitive to light. This effect wears off and your child's eyes should feel normal by the following day.
During a pediatric eye exam, optometrists may or may not dilate your child's eyes. During the exam, he or she will check for the following:
If your child's eye doctor finds evidence of eye disease or refractive error, the eye doctor will write a prescription or recommend treatment for your child.
Kids in the surrounding communities of Ashburn, Broadlands, Waxpool, Sterling, Brambleton, and Lansdowne can go to OptimEYES for total eye care and pediatric eye exams. To make an appointment with our optometrist, Dr. Seema Mohanan, contact us today at (703) 687-4719.