Infant and Child Eye Exams

Happy Infant ready for first eye exam

As an optometrist, I’m asked all the time, “How do you even check a baby’s eyes?” Below are some guidelines for when to plan for eye exams from ages six months to three years old.

Ages 6-12 Months

The first thing to know, is that it’s very important to have a baby’s eyes checked.   Infants are usually happy to sit in mom or dad’s lap and let us do all of the testing we need to do.

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Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants First Baseman, Speaks About Vision Therapy

Brandon Belt speaking about vision therapy

Video courtesy of Carole L. Hong, OD, FCOVD: In this video, San Francisco Giants first baseman, Brandon Belt, discusses how vision therapy helped him recover from concussions even though he had “perfect vision.” Even now, he continues to go to vision therapy and he thinks vision therapy is “the next level of the game.”

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Vision Therapy: Week Three

Dr. Nick Doyle, O.D., with son Nolan

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I see kids on a regular basis who have binocular vision or eye tracking efficiency deficits. Usually, the process of explaining this is fairly straightforward.  We sometimes show parents examples of activities that their children are struggling with, we go through certain test results with them and compare them against normal values, etc. But when my six-year-old son, Nolan, asked me the other night why he had to do his vision therapy homework I felt somewhat ill-prepared…

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What is Vision Therapy?

Frustrated woman with glasses, young man struggling, man with headache

Vision is much more than just seeing 20/20. If there is a vision disorder unrelated to clarity, it may make working, learning, sports and hobbies significantly more difficult. Struggling students and hardworking adults may fall behind if their visual demands are overwhelming.

Vision therapy is appropriate for treatment of tracking and reading fluency problems, poor focus and/ or attention, visual processing issues, convergence insufficiency, traumatic brain injury, strabismus, amblyopia, and many more vision conditions that can be present at any age. Continue reading