Pediatric Eye Exams

Pediatric Eye Exams

When it comes to your child's vision it is important that your child see an eye doctor early in life. At Reeve-Woods Eye Center we start our eye exams for kids in Chico & Paradise when infants are just six months old, and continue to stay with them as they grow. 

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Why The First Trip to the Optometrist is Important

While six months may sound awful young to see an optometrist, it is important to make sure that your child's vision is off to a good start. After a baby is born it takes close to six months before they are seeing the world as most adults do. They need to learn to focus, develop color vision, and gain their sense of depth perception. At Reeves-Woods Eye Center, our Doctor of Optometry can test your infant's pupil responses, conduct a fixate and follow test to assure they are able to follow light properly and use preferential looking cards with stripes instead of a traditional eye chart.

Additional Eye Exams as Your Child Grows

As your child grows, eye exams continue to be important. When a child is around three, they are ready for a more in-depth eye exam. Even if they don't know their letters well, our eye doctor can still test a young child's vision with alternative symbols. We can also perform a retinoscopy test to check for congenital cataracts and make sure that your child's eyes are working together as a team. It is during preschool years and early elementary years that kids are most at risk for conditions such as Lazy Eye (amblyopia) or crossed eyes (Strabismus). We also do additional tests to check for color blindness and check for signs of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. 

School Age Eye Exams in Chico & Paradise

Before your child starts school in the Chico & Paradise area, they will need to see the eye doctor once again to either confirm that their vision is still good, or to receive corrective treatment if something is not quite where it should be. A child's vision is closely connected to their development because so much learning happens visually. To keep them on track they may need eye therapy to assure that their eyes are working together properly, or they might need glasses to help them see the board. At Reeves-Woods Eye Center, we have both optometrists and ophthalmologists on staff and can handle the eye health and vision needs of your entire family. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child contact us at Reeve-Woods Eye Center in Chico, CA at 530-899-2244