Children's Eye Exams in Grayslake

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Having children can be wonderful, but they grow up so fast! So fast that it can be difficult to spot problems with their vision and eye health. Your child deserves the best possible vision they can have, and this journey starts with an eye exam.

Eye exams are the best way to spot problems with your child’s vision before they cause vision loss. With tried and tested techniques and an investment in highly-advanced technologies, we can help your child achieve the vision that serves them best!

Please, request an appointment and start your child’s eye care journey today!

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Why Are Eye Exams Important for Your Child?

Eye exams can do a lot more than assess and identify your child’s prescription. They are vital for protecting your child from a variety of eye diseases and conditions that could permanently damage their vision.

Many eye conditions can develop asymptomatically, but our comprehensive eye exams can spot them before they damage your child’s vision. Some of the most common eye conditions children face include myopia, strabismus, amblyopia, and even complications from diabetes.

When Should Your Child Have an Eye Exam?

Newborns

Newborns should have a red reflex test performed by an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or pediatrician to ensure their eyes are normal and healthy. If your child is born prematurely or with a risk of developing health issues, they should have a comprehensive eye exam.

The American Optometric Association recommends children have an eye exam between 6 months and 1 year of age.

Certain conditions like myopia, amblyopia, and strabismus can develop in children as young as 3 years old, which is why the AOA recommends having an eye exam around the same time.

Your child should have an eye exam once before starting school and annually after that. Myopia is the most common eye problem children face around this age, but other issues can develop and threaten your child’s vision, depending on their systemic and ocular health.

What Do Eye Exams Look Like?

Before The Exam

Before we start the eye exam, you and your child will discuss your child’s eye health history, family health history, and overall health history with our optometrist. This conversation helps your doctor orientate the eye exam to best suit your child’s needs.

This conversation is also a great opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have. Please feel free to ask our team anything that comes to mind; the more information you can provide, the better we can assist your child’s vision.

Once the initial discussion is wrapped up, we’ll assess your child’s visual acuity. Using tools and techniques like a Snellen eye chart and a phoropter, we can determine your child’s prescription for corrective lenses.

Once we’ve determined their prescription, the next step is to assess your child’s ocular health. Common eye diseases and conditions can develop over many years without any signs, but eye exams can help spot these problems before they damage your child’s vision. Some common eye problems in children include myopia, strabismus, amblyopia, or complications caused by diabetes like diabetic retinopathy or even cataracts.

Depending on what is discovered during the exam, our optometrist can help develop a management plan to counter the progression of these issues before they lead to permanent damage.

Once we have determined what your child’s eyes need to thrive, we’ll have another quick discussion about any prescriptions or medications your child may need. If they require glasses, your child can take a look at our wonderful selection of frames and lenses. We carry a variety to suit many different needs and styles!

If your child is more interested in contact lenses, please let our team know before the appointment. This way, we can focus the exam on contact lens wear.

Spotting Problems With Your Child’s Vision

It can be tough to spot problems with your child’s vision. In some cases, they might be too young to notice that they are having a vision problem. However, there are signs and symptoms to watch for that could indicate a problem. Some of these include:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty doing schoolwork
  • Adjusting their head to see things better
  • Avoiding up-close activities like reading or writing

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1120 East Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030

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Phone: (847) 223-2000

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Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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