for children of all ages

Pediatric Eye Exams

for children of all ages

Pediatric Eye Exams

We provide pediatric eye exams at Louisiana Eye Care. Our qualified doctors examine, diagnose, and treat children’s eye health needs. Like adults, children can experience various eye health issues and vision problems, so getting regular pediatric eye exams is essential to detect these issues early in a child’s life to get them proper care before any problems can advance.  

Should Your Child See a Pediatric Optometrist?  

Because children are not always able to effectively communicate about their vision difficulties, eye health problems can be difficult to detect. If left unchecked, these problems can be progressive and may negatively impact your child’s life as they grow up. It is important for your child to see an eye doctor regularly for pediatric eye exams, particularly if you suspect they may be struggling with vision problems.  

 Signs your child should see a pediatric optometrist:   

  • Frequent blinking, squinting, or irregular eye movements  
  • Frequently turning or tilting their head  
  • Covering or closing one eye to see better  
  • Poor hand-eye coordination or motor skills  
  • Rubbing their eyes frequently  
  • Frequent headaches  
  • Leaning in too close to see something or read  
  • Learning difficulties and poor handwriting  

These behaviors may indicate that your child has a vision or eye health problem. Take your child to a pediatric optometrist to determine the cause and possible treatment options. We encourage you not to wait. Delaying care may cause your child more serious or even permanent damage, depending on the condition.  

Schedule a Pediatric Eye Exam in Denham Springs

The pediatric eye exams we offer at Louisiana Eye Care will detect eye defects and vision impairment while also assessing your child’s risk for developing eye conditions later in life.  

Our eye exams are far more in-depth than those offered at schools or in a pediatrician’s office. Exams conducted by schools or pediatricians screen for potential vision problems but cannot diagnose or treat them, which means you will often be directed to a pediatric optometrist for a more thorough exam if an issue is suspected.   

Only taking a child to an eye doctor if a problem is apparent is a common mistake. Waiting could worsen the issue. We encourage parents to be proactive and get their child’s eyes checked regularly. An early diagnosis of a problem could decrease the risk for potential eye health complications later in their life and improve their quality of life overall.  Contact us today to set up your child’s eye exam with our optometrists.    

Can my child wear contact lenses during sports activities?

Yes, kids can wear contact lenses while playing sports. They’re a popular choice for young athletes because they won’t fog up like glasses and they won’t slide down the nose or fall off during physical activities. 

When should my child's eyes be examined?

Kids should get their first eye exam at six months old and then once every year after that.

Will sitting too close to the television set hurt my child's eyes?

It won’t hurt their eyes but it is important for us to find out why they’re sitting close to the television. Sitting too close to the tv could be a sign of myopia (nearsightedness). 

Is my child likely to inherit my need for glasses?

It is possible depending on your glasses prescription.