Children’s eye care requires a special approach, and the optometrist-owner at EVERY EYE Care in Fayetteville, Georgia, Terrence Roberts, OD, understands this. He’s gentle, friendly, and understanding, so his young patients feel comfortable during their exam and fitting. Dr. Roberts sees children and teens, starting from age 4. Schedule your child’s appointment now through the online tool or by phone.
Your child should have eye exams regularly. According to the American Optometric Association, your child needs to have their first eye exam between the ages of 4 and 5. Then, they should have another exam at age 6 or when they're going into first grade.
After that, schedule yearly eye exams until your child is 18. If your child is having sudden vision issues, schedule an extra eye exam to identify the problem and get treatment right away. If your child has chronic vision problems, they may need to see Dr. Roberts more than once a year. He'll create a custom exam schedule to fit your child's needs.
Vision screenings at schools are designed to assess only whether your child has good distance vision. School vision screenings don't check your child's eye focus, eye tracking ability, depth perception, eye coordination, or close-up vision.
They also don't check your child's whole-eye structure or eye health like a comprehensive visual exam with Dr. Roberts at EVERY EYE Care does. For your child's overall eye health and wellness, they still need exams from a professional optometrist like Dr. Roberts.
If your child has myopia and it seems like they need a new prescription every time you visit EVERY EYE Care, they may need special intervention in the form of myopia control. If your child's vision is getting progressively worse, myopia control can stop that progression in many cases.
Myopia control may include special multifocal eyeglasses, orthokeratology lenses designed to reshape the cornea or prescription eye drops.
It really depends on your child and their needs. Most optometrists say that anywhere from age 10-12 is a good age to start wearing contact lenses if your child wants them. However, some kids may not be ready until a bit later, around age 13-14.
Wearing contact lenses does require daily upkeep, so your child must be responsible and dedicated enough to clean and otherwise care for their lenses. Discuss your child's maturity and self-care habits with Dr. Roberts so he can make a recommendation.
Use online booking or call the EVERY EYE Care office to schedule your child's eye exam now.