Pediatric Vision Specialists
Pediatric Optometrist located in Pella, IA
Getting an eye exam for your infant might seem unnecessary, but early exams are essential for catching and treating complications before they impact further development. At Pediatric Vision Specialists in Pella, Iowa, pediatric specialist Bre Scott, OD, examines your baby’s eyes to check for early signs of complications and treat them before they become prevalent. Book your infant’s eye exam today with a phone call to Pediatric Vision Specialists or by using the convenient online scheduling tool.
Infant Eye Exams Q & A
Despite being much younger and smaller, infants have eye exams similar to those that adults get. At Pediatric Vision Specialists, Dr. Bre makes infant eye exams simple and tolerable for babies knowing that they can become restless easily. She talks to you about your baby’s medical history and physically examines their eyes.
The main reason why babies’ eye exams are different from a routine adult or child exam is that babies can’t provide any of their own input. However, Dr. Bre uses several tests to overcome this hurdle and detect complications. An infant eye exam involves:
Dr. Bre shines a light in your baby’s eyes to make sure that he or she can focus on it. She may also conduct the same test with a moving toy.
Dr. Bre may use specialized eye drops to expand your baby’s pupils. Then, she uses an instrument to see if your baby is nearsighted or farsighted. Most children are born farsighted and grow out of it. However, she may recommend baby eyeglasses if your child’s vision is badly impaired for their age.
Viewing the inside
Dr. Bre uses an illuminating magnifying glass to look inside your baby’s eyes and search for signs of inner complications.
When should infant eye exams start?
It’s important to start monitoring your child’s vision early. While infancy seems very young for an eye exam, catching complications at this stage ensures that your baby has a chance at healthy development and clear vision.
You should bring your baby to Pediatric Vision Specialists for their first infant eye exam after 6 months old, ideally at 8-9 months of age.The next exam doesn’t happen until some time after, unless you detect signs of a problem with their eyes and they need to come in sooner.
Vision and eye health problems are very rare in babies, so it’s unlikely that you’ll need to bring your baby in for anything other than their first infant eye exam. However, signs of a complication needing treatment include:
- Crusting around the eyes
- Excessive teariness
- Light sensitivity
- Whiteness in the pupil
- Constant turning of the eyes
If you’re unsure whether your baby has a problem with their eyes, simply give Dr. Bre a call to find out if further examination is necessary.
Call Pediatric Vision Specialists or book an infant eye exam online for your baby today.