Pediatric Eye Doctor Pottstown, PA
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From birth until about age nine, your child’s vision continues to develop, and this development can be affected by focus issues and more. It is important to have regular eye exams to catch any of these early vision problems so that early treatment can begin. If you need a pediatric eye doctor in Pottstown PA, look no further than Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. We are right here in town.
We treat common pediatric eye problems like eye styes (chalazion) and blocked tear ducts. Our eye doctors also treat common issues that can affect the way your child’s eyes develop. Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is one of these conditions, characterized by poor vision in one eye. Strabismus is an eye misalignment that also can affect eye development. Children can be nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism as well. Early vision problems may be detected at a school eye screening, but it is important to follow up with us for a detailed eye exam. Be sure to bring the school’s findings with you so we can discuss it. Please visit our website for patient education on all these pediatric eye conditions.
The visit: what to expect
The pediatric eye exam is more detailed than the adult exam, given that we are closely looking at eye development. Our friendly staff will put your child at ease and make sure both of you are comfortable at all times. We love questions, especially from the child. We like them to be engaged and curious about the visit.
In the first part of the exam, we’ll ask you questions about your child’s vision and any things you or teachers have noticed. If your child already wears glasses, we’ll ask about frequency of use and other questions. We’ll need the child’s medical history and whether they are being seen by any doctors for any certain conditions.
Next, we perform a few basic eye tests, like covering the eye to read letters or pictures. This helps us determine the vision in each eye. We will check depth perception using special glasses that your child will wear. We will also check color vision and use a special light test to ensure the pupils are reacting normally.
If we think the child has any misalignment like strabismus or crossed eyes, we will perform additional tests to measure the misalignment. We may have to dilate the eyes with eye drops; this is an important part of the exam that allows the physician to examine the structures inside the eye. The drops take 20 to 45 minutes to take effect, depending on the individual child, and you can return to the waiting room while they start to work. Once the pupils are properly dilated we will bring you back to the exam room to complete the tests. The drops wear off in about 12 to 24 hours. School-age children may have trouble reading during this time.
The doctor will come in to discuss all the results and if treatment is needed, will talk to you about it at the time. Some children benefit from wearing glasses, and we can fit you right at that time.
Trust Your Eyes To Us
Our Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania pediatric ophthalmologists are board certified and fellowship trained. We’re the best in Pennsylvania, so if you are looking for a pediatric eye doctor in Pottstown PA, we are right here in town on Armand Hammer Boulevard. We want your child to be our next new pediatric patient, and we will help you with all your child’s vision problems.
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