As parents, you know how important health is. When your kids are sick, you act quickly to help them feel better physically and emotionally. This is true of all kids, from newborn to 18 years- after all, it’s what makes us good parents!
As eye doctors, we love working with children. Every day we work with kids helping them see and feel better, and it’s some of the best work that we do. We love seeing a child’s face light up when they learn something new, see something clearer, and feel better about themselves.
The relationships we form with our patients are important to us- especially when our patients are kids. We take our role as eye care professionals seriously, and we will always offer your family the best eye care available in Virginia today.
80% of what your child learns in school is presented visually, and 25% of children need some form of vision correction. If your child struggles with a refractive error or some type of eye condition that impairs their vision, school may be a daunting and unnecessarily challenging experience.
First and foremost, the exam is about your child. We know that appointments can be scary for them, and that’s why we help them get engaged and feel great. We involve them every step of the way- from introducing them to our high-tech lab to showing them the cool and interesting parts of their eye (that’s half the fun of having a digital retinal camera!).
The first part of our eye exam is the completion of several non-invasive and pain-free diagnostic tests. These will be completed with the assistance of an optometric technician. They include:
Retinal imaging – Most kids love retinal imaging. Once the camera does its job (it only takes a few moments), we blow up the image and show them the various parts of their eye. Who knows- maybe you’ve got a future optometrist or optician in the house! Taking retinal images allows us to not only blow their mind (there’s no denying the cool-factor of fundus photography), but also to precisely see the retina, macula, and other parts of the eye that are most commonly attacked by disease. If something’s brewing, we’ll know!
Diagnostic analysis using the Macro OPD-Scan III Wavefront Aberrometer – This sensitive piece of equipment performs 20 diagnostic tests in less than 10 seconds per eye, giving us incredible insight into your child’s eye health.
Eye teaming – Eye teaming is important for proper eye development (especially when a child is young). We check to make sure everything works as it should.
The health of our eyes is a story that’s told by more than the numbers and lines plotted on a graph. How well they function as a team (eye teaming), work in tandem to provide sight (binocular vision), and how much they actually move (eye mobility) are all important indicators of health.
While most people understand visual acuity when represented as a number (such as 20/20 vision), vision is about more than just eyesight. Other components of vision that we assess for during the eye exam include:
Visual discrimination – The ability to visually discriminate similarities and differences.
Visual memory – The ability to remember the characteristics of a given form after a brief presentation.
Visual spatial relationships – The ability to see differences among forms when all or a part of a form has a different spatial orientation.
Visual form constancy – The ability to see the essential elements of a form, and identify them within other forms that may be smaller, larger, rotated, reversed or hidden within other designs.
Visual sequential memory – The ability to remember for immediate recall a series of forms in their specific order of presentation.
Visual figure ground – The ability to perceive a form, and to locate it when embedded within other forms.
Visual directionality – The ability to correctly determine spatial directional properties of individuals, objects, and language symbols.
Visual motor integration – The ability to take in, analyze, and reproduce visual information using paper and pencil.
Stylish frames – If your child needs glasses, we have a huge selection of stylish and kid-friendly frames from today’s best eyewear brands. From the sandbox to the school room, we’ve got a selection of styles that are kid-tough and great looking!
Contact lenses – If your child wants to make the move to contact lenses, great! We’ll set them up with a set of lenses that are ideal for their eye shape and prescription. Learn more about contact lens fittings.