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Pediatric Eye Exams in Urbana, MD

Your child’s eye health and vision have a great impact on their well-being, as undetected or untreated issues may lead to vision loss, safety risks, poor results at school, social anxiety, and other problems. It’s important to closely monitor your child’s vision by taking them regularly to a pediatric eye doctor.

Why Does My Child Need an Eye Exam?

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams for Children

Children’s bodies develop at a very fast rate, and go through various changes over the years. Problems can appear seemingly out of nowhere, as their body grows, making them need routine medical exams more often than adults.

Taking your child to a pediatric eye doctor every two years (if no vision corrections are needed) and even more often if they have certain pediatric eye conditions, will ensure that your child’s treatment is received correctly and in time, whenever needed.

A child getting her eyes checked
A child getting her eyes checked

What to Expect During the Exam

How will your child's eye exam go?

A visit to a pediatric optometrist like Dr. Wong is a little different than what you are used to as an adult. That's because children have more difficulties expressing how they feel simply because they don't know how they are suppose to see so they don't think it is a problem. Dr. Wong uses a gentle tone, makes the eye exam fun for your child, and most importantly is able to objectively measure your child's vision and eye health without necessarily depending on your child's responses. For more information on what to expect, you can visit The Eye Solution's website or check out their educational storybook, Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam.

The Benefits of Routine Exams

Why You Should Schedule Routine Eye Exams for Your Child

Here are some of the benefits of your children having regular eye exams, all the way to their teenage years.

They Prevent Vision Loss

Early detection and treatment lays the foundation for good visual prognosis during the early critical years of visual development.

They Prevent Misdiagnosis

Vision problems can alter a child’s behavior, which can lead to a potential misdiagnosis. If vision problems are mistaken for different health issues, your child will receive a delay in treatment.

They Help Children Perform Better in School

A lot of tasks in school, especially during the first years, rely on vision for comprehension and practice. If your child has untreated vision problems, this will reflect in their academic performance.

What’s the difference between an optometrist, ophthalmologist, and optician?

Optometrist, ophthalmologist, and optician all play an important role in providing eye care.
A medical optometrist is an eye doctor who can perform eye exams, administer vision and/or eye health tests, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, diagnose, treat, and manage eye abnormalities, eye emergencies, as well as prescribe medications for eye conditions.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who performs both eye exams and surgical treatments for eye diseases. They typically oversee serious eye diseases and/or advanced ocular problems.
An optician is an eye care professional who can fit and take necessary measurements required to make a pair of glasses from the prescription written by an optometrist and ophthalmologist. They are trained to fit eyeglass lenses and frames to correct vision problems.
Visit Dr. Ashley Wong, your medical optometrist for primary non-surgical eye care for your child today!

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