Your Children and Their Eyes

Comprehensive Eye Exam Manteca CAParents have lots of things to worry about with their children and their health. Eye care is a fuzzy area. If it seems your child sees just fine, many parents opt to forgo pediatric eye exams, paying more attention to issues like vaccinations and fighting off things like ear infections.

But pediatric eye care is very important because early detection is the key to successful prevention or treatment of issues with your child and his or her vision.

Here are some tips for caring for your child’s eyes from the team at Central Valley.

When should my child have a regular eye exam?

Many parenting books don’t address eye exams. They cover when to go to the dentist and the doctor, but can have a hole with pediatric ophthalmology. But eye exams are very important because vision issues will hamper your child at school if they aren’t addressed. Plus, if the issues are more serious they can lead to permanent vision damage. Research shows that up to 10 percent of all preschoolers and one-quarter of school-aged children in this country have vision problems.

So, when should you get your child to Central Valley for an initial exam? The American Optometric Association recommends that infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. After that, the next eye exam (if everything looked good during the first exam) should be at age 3, and then again just before the child enters kindergarten (around age 5 or 6).

What problems arise in school from vision deficiencies?

Of course, it’s obvious that eye exams are critical to catching any serious eye condition early in children. Conditions such as pediatric cataracts can’t be left to develop. But even issues such as nearsightedness can create learning problems. Children use a variety of visual skills when they are learning. If their vision can’t keep up (for instance, if they can’t see the board adequately), the child can fall behind in school.

These are the visual skills children need to learn properly:

  • Distance vision
  • Near vision
  • Binocular eye skills
  • Eye movement skills
  • Focusing skills
  • Peripheral awareness
  • Eye/hand coordination

Haven’t had your child in for his or her first eye exam yet? Call the team at Central Valley Eye Medical, 1-800-244-9907, and let’s take a look.

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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope that you and your families are well. To continue to protect the health of our patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking all reasonable precautions as we provide the eye care that our community needs:

  • All patients and staff must now wear masks within the clinic building. Please bring one from home.
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling patients with fever, cough, or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms
  • We have increased our already strict sanitizing practices
  • Whenever appropriate, we are diverting visits to telemedicine (by cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop). Please contact us for further details at 209-952-3700.

If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

Following state guidelines, the doctors at Central Valley Eye have recently resumed performing elective surgeries. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that needed to be postponed. We appreciate your patience during this time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

Warmest regards,

Brandy Simpson
Practice Manager
Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.