Vision and School Success | Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates
As much as 80 % of what a child learns in school is acquired through vision. If vision problems go undetected, many children may be misdiagnosed with “learning difficulties” or “ADHD”, as is already the case in much of the world.
In fact, 1/10 children have an issue with their visual skills that obstructs their ability to succeed in school and sports. The repeated failures and struggles can negatively impact their self esteem and confidence levels.
Don’t wait until your child is already in school and struggling to read, see the board, or play sports.
At Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates, we have the clinical knowledge and expertise to identify vision issues early on and intervene before the problems affect different areas of your children’s lives.
School Vision Screenings vs. Comprehensive Eye Exams for Children
Typically, pediatric or school vision screenings check your child’s eyes for basic aberrations or abnormalities. But to ensure good vision and proper eye health development, your child should have a comprehensive eye exam by a pediatric optometrist.
Comprehensive eye evaluations are crucial for revealing potential vision problems which can interfere with kids’ learning development. The exam includes tests for binocularity, refractive error, color vision, vision acuity, and overall eye health.
What is Assessed During a Pediatric Eye Exam?
The Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates optometrist will perform a thorough internal and external eye health evaluation. The optometrist will use specialized, age-appropriate instruments, testing procedures, and technologies that provide accurate results.
The pediatric eye exam evaluates the following:
- Eye Focusing
- Depth Perception
- Color Perception
- Eye Tracking
- Eye Muscle Teaming
- Peripheral Awareness
- Near Visual Acuity
- Distance Visual Acuity
How Often Should a Child Have an Eye Exam?
Children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age.
Following that, they should have their eyes examined at age 3 and at around age 5.
For school-aged children who don’t require correction, an eye exam every two years is recommended. Children wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, however, should be examined annually or as recommended by your optometrist.
Glasses for Kids
Should your child need glasses for vision correction, Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates has a wide variety of age-appropriate and safe options. Because we specialize in eye care for young patients, we’re well acquainted with their preferred styles, shapes, and colors. We carry a large range of frames for children, inspired by adult trends but with a fun and imaginative approach and a pediatric fit in mind.
All of our frames are comfortable, durable, and made with kid-friendly materials. Young children find the bright colored frames they love, while teens find the latest fashion trends scaled down to fit their faces.
Do your kids play sports? Athletic eyewear for children can help protect their eyes from sports injuries.
At Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates, we have eyewear for every child and teen, no matter their features or preferences.
Contact Lenses for Teens
Have your child experience the freedom of contact lenses.
For children who dislike how they look in glasses, contact lenses could be the confidence booster they need.
Contact lenses enhance the natural color of the eye, for a more vibrant look. Your child will feel more confident and ready to take on the world!
They’ll also enjoy having the freedom of not worrying about losing or breaking glasses, and may participate in activities that they weren’t able to before.
Give your child the gift of clear and comfortable vision, and schedule their contact lens fitting with Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates today!
Your Child Deserves the Best Eye Care
Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates pediatric optometry division is a source of pride for our practice. Our experienced team works diligently to ensure that infants, children and teens have the ability to see, perceive and experience the world to their highest potential.
Make pediatric eye exams a priority. Visit Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates for a routine comprehensive pediatric eye exam, or come to us with your concerns regarding your infant or toddler’s vision, and we’ll make sure to find the optimal solution for his or her visual problems. Let us bring great eye health and vision care to you and your family for many years to come.
Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates is dedicated to ensuring excellent vision and serves patients from in and around Chicago.