Pediatric Eye Care
BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists offers comprehensive vision care for infants, children and teenagers
Our goal is to ensure healthy eyes and the best vision possible for young people.
A child’s vision develops between birth and age 10 to 12. During that time, the eye muscles mature, and the brain learns to interpret images. Healthy vision is critical to a child’s learning and development.
When should children have their first eye exam?
A child’s first eye exam should be just before starting school, or around age 5.
If there are specific concerns for a child’s vision, or a family history of child vision issues, please call for an appointment. A pediatric ophthalmologist can provide early intervention to correct problems and, in some cases, limit future vision loss.
How is a child tested for glasses?
A pediatric ophthalmologist conducts a complete eye exam. The child’s pupils are dilated to relax the eye’s focusing muscles, allowing for proper measurements. A handheld retinoscope helps provide an accurate vision prescription. Then it can be determined whether glasses are necessary or whether the child’s vision should be monitored.
Why do some children need glasses?
A child may require glasses for many reasons. Some children need glasses for both eyes, some for one eye and some to control crossed eyes. If a child’s vision defect isn’t corrected, the condition could become permanent if not treated.
What pediatric conditions do you diagnose and treat?
Our pediatric ophthalmologist and certified staff diagnose and treat childhood eye conditions that include:
- Vision problems
- Strabismus (misaligned or crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Pediatric cataracts
- Pediatric glaucoma
- Tear duct obstruction
- Eye infections
- Ptosis (droopy eyelids)
Is your office kid-friendly?
Yes. Our equipment is sized for a child's needs. Our family waiting area is designed to put kids at ease.
What should I do if my child has an eye injury?
If the child has a chemical or harsh liquid in the eye, flush the eye with water for 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t press or rub the eye. Then immediately visit an emergency room or an ophthalmologist.
If an object is embedded in the eye, don’t try to remove it. Immediately go to an emergency room.
For urgent eye care outside our normal office hours, call 920-327-7000 for 24-hour emergency care. An on-call physician will help evaluate your needs.