Children’s Vision and Eye Care

Early detection and management of vision related problems in children are vital to proper development of their visual and cognitive skills. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends the following benchmark for children’s eye exams.

  • 6 to 12 months of age
  • 5 to 6 years of age, just prior to entering kindergarten
  • Yearly for school-age children if corrective lenses are required or every 2 years is no vision correction is necessary.

Carolina Eye Doctors participates in the InfantSEE program that offers a one-time complete eye exam at no charge for children between 6- 12 months of age. The first year of life is critical for the development of the visual system, and if there is an undiagnosed problem, permanent vision loss such as Ambylopia or lazy eye could result. This public program ensures all children have the right to early detection of potential ocular and visual problems. Dr. Garcia takes pride in working with kids of all ages. She has a background in Autism research and enjoys working with special needs children. Please let our staff know if your child has special needs so we may properly accommodate them.

Later years are just as important for good sight and eye health. Vision is a vital sense to ensure children’s success in the classroom. Children who suffer from untreated vision-related issues can suffer from vision-associated headaches, learning disabilities or behavioral disorders. At Caroline Eye Doctors, children are given a thorough eye exam that will include assessments of their vision, eye health and binocular system. The best treatment methods, such as glasses prescriptions or vision therapy, will be recommended to ensure their clearest, most comfortable vision.

We alter our exams to create a comfortable setting so your child understands each test and has an enjoyable experience.

A pediatric comprehensive eye exam may include:

  • Vision evaluation — For children who do not know letters or numbers, we will show symbols to test their level of vision
  • A series of tests to evaluate your child’s eye-teaming, movement and focusing systems
  • Exercises to rule out Strabismus (turned eye) and Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Prescription evaluations to ensure accuracy. A child’s prescription will be evaluated via a retinoscope, and standard 1 or 2 responses will not be required
  • Eye pressure testing via iCare, a pediatric friendly instrument
  • Internal and external evaluations to ensure their health. Depending on your child’s case, Dr. Garcia will recommend either a child-friendly dilation or our dilation-free option, Optomap.