EyeCare Associates is staffed with highly trained eye doctors who specialize in kid’s eye care, children’s comprehensive eye examinations, and vision development tests. Our eye doctors use the latest technology to conduct comprehensive eye exams to assess the health and development of a child’s eyes and vision. Early detection is critical for identifying signs of eye problems and childhood eye disorders. Call EyeCare Associates today to schedule your child’s appointment.
EyeCare Associates offers kid’s eye exams at our locations in Alabama.
What Is Kid’s Eye Exam?
A kid’s eye exam is an exam performed by an optometrist to determine your child’s eye health and visual abilities. Many learning skills are dependent on the strength of a child’s visual skills so doctors recommend that children have their first eye exam as early as six months of age, and again before they begin school. During the exam, the eye doctor may ask you to answer questions about your child’s birth or health history. They will also ask about any concerns you may have regarding your child’s eye health or vision. As parents, it’s important to communicate any delays in your child’s motor development or other conditions diagnosed by a family doctor.
How Can You Tell If A Child Has Vision Problems?
At EyeCare Associates the children eye specialists can diagnose and treat a variety of eye conditions. It’s recommended that you schedule regular or annual eye exam appointments for your child, but if you notice changes in your child’s vision, you should call your child’s eye doctor immediately. There are several common signs that could indicate that children may have vision problems including:
Covering their eyes
Rubbing the eyes
Poor hand-eye coordination
The Experienced Children’s Optometrists at EyeCare Associates
EyeCare Associates specialize in eye care for kids and will perform a physical exam of a child’s eyes for signs of eye disorders such as strabismus, farsightedness, myopia, or astigmatism. During the examination, your child’s eye doctor will conduct vision screening using eye chart tests to measure your child’s eye development and will also carefully observe each eye as your child follows lights or toys. Children who talk but cannot read may be asked to point to, or identify pictures of objects.
The doctors at EyeCare Associates can help assess the health and development of a child's vision. Additionally, eye doctors at EyeCare Associates can diagnose and treat childhood eye disorders.
At EyeCare Associates, a referral is not necessary for back-to-school or routine eye exams for children. EyeCare Associates recommends that a parent request a referral from a family doctor for children with health conditions that affect their eyes. It’s also recommended that parents contact their insurance provider to discuss if they may require a referral before covering a child’s eye exam.
At EyeCare Associates, there are several factors that can determine the cost of the exam such as, your insurance coverage, the state and/or region in which you live, or in the case of an eye exam that results in the diagnosis of a serious childhood eye disorder. For more information, contact your local provider or research what is covered by your insurance.
ALL Kids covers yearly eye exams for children, TRICARE covers eye exams every two years beginning at the age of three, and Medicaid covers the complete cost of annual kid’s eye exams. EyeCare Associates recommends that parents research their coverage or contact their local provider for more information.