Children should have their first eye exam at about age two, although it’s never too early to test a child’s vision and eye health. Comprehensive eye exams are essential in the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems, injury and disease. Early detection allows for treatment to begin before the child experiences difficulty in school due to poor vision, or before any permanent damage has been done to the eye(s). Exams test visual acuity, eye tracking, and focusing skills, and detect problems such as near- and far-sightedness, amblyopia, crossed eyes, dyslexia, and color blindness.
Children are not small adults! Their visual systems are still growing and maturing, and different diseases occur in children than in adults. It takes a doctor with specialized training to accurately diagnose and treat pediatric eye problems. Vancouver Eye Care realizes this, and has the only full-time pediatric specialist in Southwest Washington.
Our pediatric specialist treats a wide range of eye problems, including routine services such as eye exams and diagnosis and treatment of common pediatric disorders such as reading difficulty, poor vision, pink eye (conjunctivitis) and styes (chalazion).
Our surgeons and staff have expertise in many complex childhood eye diseases, including strabismus (eye misalignment), genetic diseases, congenital cataracts, congenital glaucoma, amblyopia (“lazy eye”), and all eye diseases associated with premature infants and low birth-weight babies.
Our staff includes the only certified pediatric orthoptist in Southwest Washington, who diagnoses and helps treats blurred vision, eye misalignments, and other correctable vision problems.
Our pediatric specialist operates at Southwest Washington Medical Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility in Vancouver. The nurses, anesthesiologists, and ancillary staff all have expertise in taking care of children, and will help make the experience pleasant for you and your child. Eye surgery is almost always day surgery – your child will go home with you a few hours later, usually without any patches.