Eye exams may have their place in your family’s vision health, but only a pediatric ophthalmologist is trained to treat children, and provide thorough pediatric eye exams. At Nemours, we focus on children and know how to ease a child’s fears and can help those with a developmental disorder (e.g., autism) through pediatric eye exams for the best possible diagnostic result.
When Should Your Child Have a First Eye Exam?
Nemours' pediatric ophthalmologists encourage early screenings by your child’s primary care doctor at the newborn visit and at all well child visits.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) all recommend that your child's eyes be examined at timely intervals.
Why? Because pediatric eye exams result in early detection and treatment of eye disorders leading to more successful treatment outcomes and protecting your child's vision.
How Can We Tell What Your Child Sees?
Many parents wonder: How do you check vision in kids during pediatric eye exams who are too young to recognize the letters on the chart — or talk?
Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists often perform comprehensive pediatric eye exams on very young children and infants.
Our pediatric eye specialists use accurate picture eye charts and child-specific techniques, such as Teller Acuity Cards, which test an infant or young child's visual perception without requiring knowledge of letters or even a verbal response.
We can evaluate a child’s vision for alignment, eye movements, and structure. Pediatric eye exams also include retinoscopy and autorefraction, which are tests that can objectively measure the refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism).
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- photo ID
- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
Bring these forms for your first appointment:
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- Patient Registration (PDF)
Returning Patient Forms
- Release of Information (PDF)
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- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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Our pediatric eye care experts know kids and how to make them feel at ease. This experience enables us to perform a quality pediatric eye exam even in the youngest children and babies, which can lead to more accurate diagnoses. Our ophthalmology team is also trained and equipped to diagnose and treat vision problems in children with developmental disabilities and physical limitations.
Early Pediatric Eye Exams Are Critical to the Visual Health of Children
Our experts in pediatric ophthalmology and optometry provide all aspects of children’s eye care and treatment from glasses to surgery and everything in between. Our staff includes pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric optometrists and experienced eye technicians.
Our clinic features:
- special child-friendly diagnostic equipment
- exam rooms designed to allow for pediatric eye exams
Using the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment adapted just for children, Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Fleming Island provides comprehensive in-office pediatric eye exams that may include:
Electroretinogram (ERG) Study
This test is used to diagnose and monitor hereditary and ischemic (due to inadequate oxygen) retinal disorders, before or after the child is symptomatic. The test helps in the diagnosis of:
- retinal dystrophy
- retinitis pigmentosa (a group of hereditary diseases of the retina)
- Usher syndrome (a combination of hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa)
- Leber’s congenital amaurosis (a severe abnormality of the retina present from birth)
- stationary night blinding disorders
- Best disease (a progressive form of macular [central point of the retina] dystrophy)
Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) Studies
This is a specialized electroencephalogram used to detect abnormalities related to electrical activity of the brain. VEP studies help diagnose and monitor optic nerve disorders, visual acuity problems and other medical conditions that affect the eyes such as:
- optic neuritis
- multiple sclerosis
- compressive optic neuropathy
- traumatic brain injury
- unexplained visual acuity loss