Children's eye exam
A proper children's eye exam includes special tests
The following tests should be included in a comprehensive vision exam:
- A thorough patient history, including general health and developmental history.
- A measurement of how clearly the patient can see in the distance and up close (visual acuity, e.g. 20/20)
- A measurement of the presence of any refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism)
- An assessment of eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye movement abilities (accommodation, binocular vision, ocular motility)
- An examination of the health of the eyes
- a test of 3D vision and depth perception (stereopsis)
- tests for convergence insufficiency
Additional children's vision tests that we do at our Vancouver clinic
Depending on the results of these evaluations, additional tests of visual development and visual perceptual abilities may be needed to effectively assess a patient's total visual status.
Testing with eye drops is sometimes used to evaluate the refractive status or health of the eyes. However, these eye drops can alter test results and mask significant visual problems. Therefore, testing with eye drops should be deferred until after the first comprehensive vision examination. A complete functional evaluation of all visual abilities should be conducted first.
Any reading or learning difficulties experienced by you or your child should be brought to the attention of the doctor. Request an evaluation to detect whether learning-related vision problems are present.
Once testing is completed, the doctor should review all findings with the patient or parent and provide consultation and recommendations regarding any needed treatment.
It's amazing what can happen in an children's eye exam
Hannah was diagnosed with amblyopia during a routine eye exam
A routine eye exam at age 3 found that Kelly's eye was not working properly. Thanks to vision therapy, she now sees, learns and plays as well as she should.