Kids rule here! The office is very kid-friendly with a large red wagon play area in the reception room, pediatric eye charts and movies, finger puppets and a large stuffed Tigger in the exam room. I want the environment to be relaxing and make the examination a game for the child. The equipment and machines used during the exam can look a bit scary to a child. Even children need a dilated eye examination periodically. Sometimes special drops, called cycloplegic agents, need to be used to determine the true eye glass prescription. Unless it is absolutely necessary to do so due to the child's eye health or vision, I prefer to not to use eye drops on the initial visit. I also provide medical eye care to children for non surgical conditions and where warranted co-manage with local pediatricians and/or pediatric ophthalmologists.
Did you know? Children should have an initial eye examination during the first year of life, than at age 3, and yearly while in school. Studies have shown 80% of learning in elementary school aged children happens visually.