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Consider these alarming facts:
Vision disorders are the 4th most common disability in the United States.

  • A recent study found that one in seven kindergarten-aged children may have an undiagnosed vision problem that could interfere with learning.
  • Children with ADHD have at least three times the incidence of treatable visual problems when compared to children without ADHD.
  • Even children that fail a "simple vision screening" are at risk. According to the American Academy of Opthamology about 67% of children that fail do not receive follow-up care.
  • Screenings using a distance letter chart alone generally only detect about 30% of children that would fail a professional examination since this screening does not assess visual skills expected to affect learning.
  • Each year, 75,000 three year old children develop amblyopia (lazy eye) in the U.S. Amblyopia is the leading cause of vision loss between the ages of 20-70 years and is preventable and treatable with early detection.
  • Vision problems affect 1 in 20 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school-age children. Left untreated, the problems can worsen, lead to other serious problems and affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school.

Don't rely on your child to tell you that they have a vision problem. The best way to protect a child's vision is through professional eye examinations beginning at 6 months of age, at 2-3 years, before entering school (5-6 years) and every two years throughout the school years.

It is important to understand that a Vision Screening at school or your pediatrician's office should not replace a thorough Eye and Vision Examination by your optometrist. Vision screenings are a limited process, only testing one or two areas of vision. Vision is a much more complex process. A screening usually does not evaluate a child's focusing ability and generally do not test for color deficiencies. Some studies have shown that Vision Screenings may miss up to 60% of children with vision problems!

With today's technologies, a child does not have to know the alphabet or read to have his or her eyes examined. Our office will patiently work with your child to make the experience comfortable and fun. Our exams are typically kept to 30-45 minutes in length to avoid the "meltdown" that may occur if they were any longer. We work with you and your child to make a visit to the optometrist's office one doctor visit they look forward to doing! Everything from our lobby to our exam room, and yes, even our "tickle drops" are designed with your child in mind.