PEDIATRIC EYE CARE WITH YOUR OPTOMETRIST IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE AND BELLEVUE
At SPEX Eye Care, we provide comprehensive pediatric eye care as your trusted optometrist in Downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Eye exams are especially important for children for two reasons. The first is that children often do not know that they are not seeing as clearly as they should. The second is that vision problems can significantly delay learning, making early diagnosis paramount to their overall development.
Pediatric Eye Care Exams at Your Optometrist in Downtown Seattle and Bellevue
Pediatric eye care exams at your optometrist in Downtown Seattle and Bellevue are tailored to the child's age and health history.
• Infants: By 6 months of age, your baby should be able to see as well as an adult in the areas of focusing ability, color vision, and depth perception. That's why the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the first exam at this age. At 6 months, the use of moving objects, light and eye cards help track vision.
• Preschool Age: For preschoolers age 3 to 3 ½ years, the eye exam will test for common vision problems using tests to track how clearly your child sees and how well the eyes work together. Even if your child can't read letters, we can accurately test the eyes using picture symbols, as well as the latest technological tools.
• School Age: Before entering kindergarten or first grade, your child should have another eye exam, and then continue with exams every two years. If your child needs glasses, has vision complaints or other health problems, yearly exams are best.
Childhood Eye Conditions
Regular pediatric eye care exams at our optometrist in Downtown Seattle and Bellevue ensure the earliest diagnosis of childhood eye conditions. Early diagnosis is key to successfully treating many common conditions.
• Amblyopia (lazy eye): Treatment for amblyopia may include eyeglasses or contacts, and in some cases, patching the stronger eye to improve vision in the weaker “lazy” eye.
• Strabismus (cross eyes): For misalignment of the eyes, an individualized treatment plan will be developed and may include prescription glasses and eye exercises. Some children require eye muscle surgery.
• Myopia and Hyperopia: Mild myopia (trouble focusing on distant objects) and hyperopia (trouble focusing on closer objects) are common in children. If your child needs prescription glasses, our staff is happy to help pick out the perfect, hip and affordable pair.
For your convenience, pediatric eye care appointments are available at our two locations. For Spex Seattle, call us today at 206-682-9515. For Spex Bellevue, reach us at 425-747-393. For a happy, successful visit, we recommend scheduling the appointment when your child is normally alert and cooperative.