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Spokane, WA 99204
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Your Child’s Eye Exam
A child’s eye exam begins by discussing any problems the parents recognize. It is important to find out if there were problems with the pregnancy or the child’s birth, and if the child’s growth and development are proceeding normally. A history of eye problems in the family is important.
If your child has been treated with medications, glasses or contact lenses, these should be brought to the eye examination. The names and addresses of other physicians who may be treating the child should be supplied so that they may be informed of the findings.
Many parents are surprised that a complete eye exam can be performed on a child of any age. A skilled ophthalmologist can get a good idea of how well a child can see based on the way a child uses his or her eyes to look at and follow attractive toys or lights.
For older children who can talk but who do not yet know their numbers or letters, special charts are used which have pictures common in a child’s world such as birds, birthday cakes, and cars.
For older children a special computer may be used to evaluate the refractive error.