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).
For Appointments: (407) 650-7715
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you've made an appointment, please be sure to bring along the following items to help us check you in as efficiently as possible:
- 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
- any forms required for school, camp, sports, etc.
- a list of prior immunizations
Bring these forms for your first appointment:
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
- 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.
Resources for Patients & Families
At Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH), our expertise in performing pediatric eye exams helps kids achieve and protect healthy vision.
Our pediatric ophthalmology clinic features:
- kid-friendly diagnostic equipment
- exam rooms designed specifically for pediatric eye exams
Our care team includes people who know kids and can help your child feel at ease. This helps us conduct a quality pediatric eye exam even in the youngest children and babies, which can lead to more accurate diagnoses.
Specialized Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology
The pediatric ophthalmology team at Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) has completed specialized training to diagnose and treat pediatric eye problems. We offer Central Florida families comprehensive pediatric eye exams and testing in order to diagnose and treat infant, childhood and adolescent eye disorders. If needed, they also have the skill and experience to perform pediatric eye surgery.
Focused on Healthy Vision From Birth
When you bring your child to our Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, our eye care team takes the time to explain each step of pediatric eye exams (e.g., how eye drops work and feel) and do all they can to help you and your child feel comfortable.
Using the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment adapted just for children, we provide comprehensive in-office pediatric eye exams. We also offer the imaging options below.
An ultrasound that produces a 2-D image of the eye and its surrounding tissues can show any growths or other structural abnormalities. If a more in-depth study is needed, a CT scan or MRI may also be ordered.
A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families
At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.