Pediatric Eye Exams
Dr. Dunn’s special interest lies with pediatric vision care, and he is dedicated to addressing the importance of children’s vision needs. The American Optometric Association recommends children receive their first eye exam by 1 year of age, the next at 3 years old, and then prior to beginning kindergarten. It is also recommended that school-age children have a yearly comprehensive vision exam. While vision screeners performed at school and the pediatrician’s office are certainly a helpful part of eye care, they are not a replacement for a comprehensive pediatric vision exam. Children do not necessarily know that they are having vision problems. Parents and teachers need to be aware of the warning signs that a child may be experiencing a vision problem. If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, call us today to schedule a comprehensive pediatric vision exam:
- Frequent rubbing or blinking of the eyes
- Tilting the head when reading
- Frequent headaches
- Avoiding close work
- Squinting one or both eyes/covering one eye
- Skipping words when reading
- Short attention span or daydreaming
- Losing their place when reading
- Placing head close to book or desk when reading or writing
- Poor eye-hand coordination skills
- Complaining of nausea or dizziness when reading or writing
- Writing up or downhill
- Difficulty copying from the chalkboard
- Sees worse at the end of the day
Dr. Dunn tailors the eye exam process for your child’s individual needs and also looks for indicators of visual impairments that may be hindering your child’s ability to learn and process information properly. Because doctor’s visits can be traumatic for little ones, we strive to make your child’s experience with us a fun one. Dr. Dunn uses kid-friendly techniques, games, and toys throughout the eye exam process to make their time with us a little less scary. He has been voted by Williamson county parents as their #1 choice for eyecare for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, & 2003!
Did you know that your child could see 20/20 but still have poor vision? Just because your child can see clearly 20 feet away does not mean he/she can visually process information 14 inches away. Many kids are diagnosed as problem learners, attention-deficit, or hyperactive, when actually the culprit is vision-related. Undetected, underlying vision disorders can cause difficulty for children with reading, learning, sports, and attention span.
If your child is experiencing any difficulties with school or reading, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive examination with Dr. Dunn or Dr. Pigg.
Our optical dispensary has a large selection of durable and stylish frames for children of all ages and includes names such as Flexon, EasyTwist, Ralph Lauren, Nautica, Nike, Nine West, Disney, and Fisher Price. Kids and parents with the most discriminating taste are sure to find the perfect look, from infants who need cable temple frames, to teens looking for cool and trendy styles. All of our kids’ frames are durable and come with a full warranty.
All children 18 years of age and under are fitted with polycarbonate lenses, which are shatter-resistant, scratch-coated, lightweight, and have built-in UV protection. Stop by our dispensary to check out our wide selection and learn more about additional lens options for kids, such as anti-reflective coatings and Transitions lenses, to make them look and feel their absolute best.
Is your child involved in sports? Protect their eyes and vision with sports goggles, even if your child doesn’t need to wear glasses. We can help with their sports vision needs, from protective eyewear for sports such as basketball and baseball to swim goggles, for kids of all ages. Our sports goggles are available with and without prescription.
Pediatric Contact Lens Fittings
Contact lenses can be a great option for kids, especially if they are involved in sports activities. However, contacts for children is a decision that has to be weighed very carefully by parents together with the doctor. Maturity level of the child, motivation and desire to wear contacts, and responsibility to take proper care of their lenses on their own are major factors when deciding if your child should graduate to contact lenses. Children as young as 7 years old successfully wear contacts, whereas some teenagers are just not ready yet.
Dr. Dunn administers contact lens fittings for children of all ages. Your child’s contact lens exam will involve everything in the comprehensive pediatric vision exam plus a contact lens evaluation and fitting in order to determine which lens is best for your child’s individual needs. Also included are their trial lenses, training sessions for proper handling and care of their lenses, lens cases and solutions to get them started, and any follow-up visits for lens checks. We can also take care of their contact lens supply and have them delivered to you for your convenience.
The first year of life is one of the most critical stages of human development. Children are born ready to learn. In fact, using their eyes is one of the most important things infants do. Visual impairment can have a profound negative effect on a child’s development. Early assessment of eye and vision health can provide for early diagnosis and treatment of certain eye and vision conditions that can act as barriers to normal child development.
Dr. Dunn proudly volunteers for InfantSEE™, a program which offers vision evaluations at no charge to infants between 6 and 12 months of age. He strongly encourages all parents with babies under a year old to take advantage of this free assessment. For more information about this important service, visit www.infantsee.com, or give us a call with any questions and to schedule an appointment your infant.