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Should My Child See An Eye Doctor or is the School Nurse Enough?

Both our Macon and Warner Robins offices can see patients of all ages. There is a common misconception that children get their eyes checked in school by the nurse or by their local pediatrician and that is all they need. If your child is told they can see well at a distance, you are good to go, right? Not exactly.

The truth is, our Eye Doctors do a much more thorough exam then what your child will get at school. They will test the health of the eye and detect any possible diseases, nearsightedness so your child can read properly and much more.

Since learning is 80% visual, it’s important to have regular eye exams, even at a young age. Often, a child is experiencing behavioral issues because they cant see the board and are struggling to read up close due to poor eyesight.

What will the Eye Doctor look for at my child's eye exam?

As mentioned, even if the school nurse is saying your child’s vision is 20/20 there are many more factors to check.

  • Lazy eye – making sure one eye isn’t dragging when the other is moving
  • Near and farsight – see if your child has an issue seeing at a distance or up close.
  • Binocular Vision/Fusion – do the eyes work together or do they drift apart? Is there eye coordination? If not, they may have Binocular Vision Dysfunction
  • Focusing skills – can the eyes focus on items near and far

Having regular eye exams for your child, even at a young age when there is no indication of myopia or a need for glasses is vital. The Eye Doctor can look deep into the health of the eye and ensure your child has no eye health or vision issues. Call us for more info: Macon office 478-475-1600 and Warner Robins office 478-322-0009.