Protect Your Little Ones’ Vision
It’s never too early to start caring for your eyes. That means children’s eyes need attention to ensure that their vision is clear and their eyes can focus, track, and move together appropriately.
Good eye health is boosted by patient education, which can begin at any age. We’re proud to give back to local schools in our district.
Make good vision a priority for the whole family. Bring your kids to See B. Seen Eyecare + Optical Bar for their eye exams and all their ocular needs!
How Often Do Children Need Eye Exams?
Children develop and grow quickly throughout their youth, and their eyes are constantly changing too. Regular eye exams are critical for keeping tabs on their vision and development.
The American Optometric Association has laid out guidelines for the timing of eye exams through childhood:
- Infancy: Take your baby for their first eye exam around 6 months.
- Toddlerhood: Children should have an exam between 3 and 5 years.
- School-age: Once they’ve entered grade school, children should have an eye exam every year.
Your child may need more frequent eye exams depending on their health history and risk factors. We can determine the best course of action after their first appointment.
Vision Problems in Kids
Children are susceptible to refractive errors and other eye problems. Regularly visiting the optometrist regularly can give them a better chance of growing up with clearer vision.
Astigmatism is caused by an irregular-shaped cornea. It often leads to the front of the eye becoming slightly football-shaped and can have symptoms such as:
- Blurry vision
- Eye discomfort
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is when you can see objects up close normally but can’t focus properly on things in the distance.
Myopia in children can be controlled with special contact lenses. Learn more about our methods for Myopia Control.
Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is when objects in the distance are clear but objects near the viewer are difficult to focus on.
Hyperopia can lead to headaches, difficulty focusing, and eyestrain.
Strabismus is commonly called crossed eyes. Many people believe that children grow out of crossed eyes as they age, but that’s not necessarily true. Intervention from an eye care professional can help correct their eye alignment and offer better vision.
Amblyopia, also called lazy eye, is when vision in one eye is weaker than the other. It’s often caused by a breakdown in communication between the eye and brain. You may notice signs in your child like:
- Squinting when trying to focus
- Shutting or covering 1 eye
- Tilting their head
Signs of Vision Problems
Parents can watch for signs of vision problems in their children. Early intervention can help prevent long-term eye damage. Kids demand a lot of their eyes—80% of classroom learning is presented visually.
Watch your child for signs of vision problems, such as:
- Complaints of discomfort and fatigue
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Excessive blinking
- Tilting the head when trying to focus
- Closing one eye to see
- Short attention span
- Disinterest or avoidance of reading and other close-up activities
- Holding reading materials close to the face
- An eye that turns in or out
- Complaints of double vision
- Losing place when reading
- Difficulty with hand-eye coordination
Remember, children may not realize they’re having vision problems, as they may not be aware their vision could be better.
Frames Fit for Kids
We look forward to helping our young patients find glasses they love. Our optical bar houses a broad selection of frames with plenty of options that will catch your child’s eye.
Let your child express their growing individuality with glasses designed to withstand their lifestyle, whether they’re on the field or deep in a book. Come in to explore the children-centered brands we carry.
You can find our practice next to Main Squeeze Juice Co on Parkwood Avenue. If you have any trouble finding our office or have any questions before your visit, please give us a call.
- 1501 W Parkwood Ave, Ste 101
- Friendswood, TX 77546
- Phone: 281-612-6996
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed