Good vision is essential to your child’s development as it is critical for learning in the classroom, participating in sports, and interacting with others. Fortunately, the kid’s optometrists with Nationwide Optometry specialize in the detection and management of children’s eye conditions, so you can feel confident any problems will be remedied early – preventing major issues later in life. Our doctors with Nationwide Optometry use the latest technology to conduct comprehensive eye exams to assess the health and development of a child’s eyes and vision. Early detection is critical for identifying signs of eye problems and childhood eye disorders. Call us today to schedule your child’s appointment.
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What Is Kid’s Eye Exam?
A kid’s eye exam is an exam performed by an optometrist to determine your child’s eye health and visual abilities. Many learning skills are dependent on the strength of a child’s visual skills so doctors recommend that children have their first eye exam as early as six months of age, and again before they begin school. During the exam, the eye doctor may ask you to answer questions about your child’s birth or health history. They will also ask about any concerns you may have regarding your child’s eye health or vision. As parents, it’s important to communicate any delays in your child’s motor development or other conditions diagnosed by a family doctor.
At Nationwide Vision the children eye specialists can diagnose and treat a variety of eye conditions. It’s recommended that you schedule regular or annual eye exam appointments for your child, but if you notice changes in your child’s vision, you should call your child’s eye doctor immediately. There are several common signs that could indicate that children may have vision problems including:
Covering their eyes
Rubbing the eyes
Poor hand-eye coordination
How Often Do Kids Need an Eye Exam?
The doctors with Nationwide Optometry recommend that children have their eyes examined by an optometrist every year. Annual eye exams are critical to detect childhood eye problems. Roughly 80% of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. When it comes to keeping children healthy and ensuring proper development, regular comprehensive eye exams are important because their vision can change from year to year. Healthy vision is essential to a child’s ability to learn, achieve their academic potential, play sports, and participate in activity so make sure you schedule their eye exam before they start school.
The doctors at Nationwide Vision can help assess the health and development of a child's vision. Additionally, eye doctors at Nationwide Vision can diagnose and treat childhood eye disorders.
ALL Kids covers yearly eye exams for children, TRICARE covers eye exams every two years beginning at the age of three, and Medicaid covers the complete cost of annual kid’s eye exams. Nationwide Vision recommends that parents research their coverage or contact their local provider for more information.
At Nationwide Vision, a child’s eye exam can last anywhere from thirty minutes to one hour. The timing of the exam can vary, as it depends on the child’s development and the types of testing included in the pediatric exam.
At Nationwide Vision, there are several factors that can determine the cost of the exam such as, your insurance coverage, the state and/or region in which you live, or in the case of an eye exam that results in the diagnosis of a serious childhood eye disorder.
For more information, contact your local provider or research what is covered by your insurance.