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Parents can monitor and maintain their children’s eye health by keeping regular appointments with an optometrist. Dr. Bunch and Dr. Kehbein at Bunch Family Eye Care have provided quality eye care services to residents in and around Plano, TX for years. Pediatric eye care is essential for a child’s success in school and other daily activities. Our team at Bunch Family Eye Care has gathered a few of the questions that we run into from parents regarding eye care for their children.

Pediatric Eye Care FAQs

How Often Should My Child See An Optometrist?

Children's eyes change rapidly and require annual eye care visits to monitor and maintain proper vision. Children depend on clear vision for school and other activities such as clubs and sports. Annual eye exams will determine if your child has the correct prescription. Secondly, children often physically change quickly causing their glasses to become too tight.

What Is Involved in a Pediatric Eye Exam?

Depending on the child’s age, there are a series of tests involved, such as visual acuity, lazy eye (amblyopia), eye tracking and teaming, and testing ocular health. Correcting your child’s vision problems as early as possible is crucial for success in school. A pediatric eye exam tests proper eye functioning, monitors eye health, and makes sure your child has clear vision.

Can Children Wear Contact Lenses?

Some children prefer not to wear glasses because they are involved in sports activities or feel embarrassed. Children under ten do not get contact lenses because they are more prone to rubbing their eyes with unclean hands. Once the teenage years are approaching, the transition to contacts is usually considered a safe option. Our optometrists will recommend the best way to correct your child's vision.

How Can I Tell If My Child Needs Glasses?

As a parent, it is important to keep your guard up and look for any unusual habits. Children are less likely to reveal they are having problems seeing clearly. Below are some signs that your child may need glasses:

  • Recurring headaches at home or school
  • Sitting close to the TV or computer screen
  • Excessive squinting
  • Falling grades

Why Are Pediatric Eye Exams Necessary?

Eye exams are imperative for children. There are underlying eye health issues that are not easy to identify and eye conditions that can cause vision loss. Even without showing symptoms, children may have refractive errors. Only an optometrist can identify certain eye conditions with the proper tools and training.

Schedule Your Child’s Eye Exam in Plano, TX

Keeping your child healthy involves regular visits to the doctor and eye doctor. If you live in or around Plano, call our team at Bunch Family Eye Care today at (972) 422-2020 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form to schedule your child’s eye exam.

When you are not experiencing any vision problems, getting a comprehensive eye exam does not seem that important. However, an eye exam is a part of maintaining your overall health. The same is true for children. Many conditions and eye diseases can be diagnosed early through a routine exam from an optometrist. At Bunch Family Eye Care, we want to be your pediatric eye doctor in Plano, TX. Contact our office and schedule your child’s exam with Dr. Karen Kehbein.


Regular Eye Exams for Children

A routine eye exam can help our doctor assess your child’s eye health, visual acuity, and identify any potential problems. It can also help spot any issues with their overall health. Your pediatrician will provide a basic assessment but they do not have the training or tools needed to do an in-depth examination. They do provide valuable information but your child needs to have an eye exam from an optometrist.

Why Eye Care is Important

Children with undiagnosed vision problems often struggle in school. They may also have problems during group activities and struggle socially.  Difficulty seeing the chalkboard and developing headaches or experiencing eye strain can limit your child’s ability to succeed. A comprehensive eye exam can identify any issues and correct them properly.

Beginning Your Child’s Eye Exams

The American Optometric Association recommends beginning pediatric eye exams at six months of age. This accomplishes several things. The doctor will be able to assess your child’s visual health. Also, your child will become acquainted with our doctor and staff. Your child will be introduced to the examination process. If your child does not have any vision problems, follow-up visits can be done every two years. If he or she does need corrective lenses, the visits will need to be more frequent.

School-Based Vision Screening Programs

Some schools provide basic vision screening for their students. These screenings, while valuable, are basic and do not provide the information needed for diagnosing serious eye conditions. They can help identify if there are visual acuity problems. A trained optometrist performs a comprehensive exam and has the skills needed to treat any problems before they develop into something more serious.

Frequent Issues Children Experience

Issues such as crossed eyes, proper eye movement, and eye teaming are all conditions that our pediatric eye doctor can diagnose and treat. During the eye exam, Dr. Kehbein will assess your child’s visual acuity at multiple distances and look for other eye health issues. Our eye doctor can also identify other health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer through eye exams.

Pediatric Eye Care in Plano, TX

At Bunch Family Eye Care, our team works hard to care for your child’s vision and eye health. If you live in or around Plano and would like to schedule an eye exam for your child, call us today at 972-422-2020 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen Kehbein.


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