Pediatric eye exams usually begin with a referral from the child’s primary care doctor, either because of poor performance on a vision screening or because of an observed issue with the eye (eye turning in for example.) The child’s pediatrician will send over notes about what they have observed, as well as information about the child’s general health.
Dr. Morse and Dr. Wheeler are our pediatric specialists, however many of our providers see children, either as part of their specialties (glaucoma for example) or for an emergency visit. Our optometrists also work with children, mainly for routine eye exams and glasses and/or contact lenses.
A typical eye exam begins with one of our ophthalmic technicians. The technician will verify your child’s health history, document any issues or concerns about your child’s eyes and perform a vision test. The technician will then put some drops in your child’s eyes to dilate them. Dilation causes the pupil to enlarge, allowing the doctor to examine the back portion of the eye. Generally, it takes about 30 minutes for the eyes to dilate.
Once the eyes are dilated, the child will return to the exam room, where they will be examined by the doctor. S/he will use a retinascope, a handheld device used to determine refractive error (near or farsightedness). The doctor will also examine the eye, looking for areas of concern in the cornea, lens and retina.
If there is a suspicion of amblyopia or strabismus, the child will also meet with an orthopist, a technician who will measure any deviation in the eye.
If glasses are needed, the opticians in the optical shop will work with you to choose the best type of glasses for your child.