Pediatric Eye Exams

Pediatric Eye Exams From Our Columbia, Missouri Optometrist

Kids face a variety of health challenges right from the beginning of their lives -- and some of those challenges include the potential for eye and vision problems. Just as you would ensure that your children receive regular checkups from your pediatric physician, you also need to schedule occasional pediatric eye exams at Andrew Stone Optometry. Our Columbia, Missouri optometrist, Dr. Andrew Stone, can screen for a variety of common childhood eye and vision issues, correcting them in time to ensure optimal visual and learning development.

pediatric eye exams from our columbia, MO optometrist

Why Children Need Eye and Vision Care Early

Children don't come from the womb with fully-realized eyesight. It's more accurate to think of vision as work in progress, especially during the first few months of life as the eyes and brain learn how to communicate with each other and collaborate in the creation and interpretation of images. This process can be significantly impaired by a variety of eye diseases and functional disorders. When that happens, your child may struggle with blurred or double vision, inadequate depth perception, physical balance/coordination problems and painful, fatiguing eye strain issues. The earlier we can find and fix these problems, the more normally your child's vision can continue to evolve. Some of the conditions we need to screen for in pediatric eye exams include:

  • Strabismus - An abnormal eye alignment that can produce double images and other problems
  • Amblyopia - A condition in which the brain discounts one eye's data in favor of the other
  • Tracking and teaming issues - Problems with both eyes following moving objects in unison
  • Eye diseases - Congenital cataracts, glaucoma, tumors or other threats to eyesight
  • Ptosis - A drooping eyelid that can partially block vision
  • Refractive errors - Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism

What to Expect From Our Pediatric Eye Exams

Dr. Andrew Stone follows the recommendation of the American Optometric Association in the scheduling of pediatric eye exams. The first of these exams should occur when your baby is 6 months old. We can observe how readily he follows objects, recognizes colors and other basic skills, while also checking the eyes for any signs of disease.

The second key pediatric eye exam occurs around the age of 3. Since your toddler can now talk to us, we can get a firmer idea of what he sees and how he sees it. We continue to check eye health and eye function issues, while also noting any potential refractive errors. 

The third key exam occurs at age 5 or 6 when your child is ready for school. This exam puts extra emphasis on correcting any refractive errors that might inhibit academic performance. Older children should have an eye exam at least every two years.

Call Andrew Stone Optometry Today!

You're never too young for proper vision care. Call Andrew Stone Optometry at 573-445-7750 to schedule pediatric eye exams for your little ones! We look forward to meeting with you!

Contact Us Today!

Office Hours

Monday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-1:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

1st and 3rd week of each month

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Featured Articles

Read up on informative topics

  • Nystagmus

    Nystagmus is a vision condition characterized by repetitive, uncontrolled eye movements. These involuntary eye movements may be side-to-side, up and down, or in a circular pattern, which hinders the eyes’ ability to focus on a steady object. Individuals with nystagmus may hold their heads in unusual ...

    Read More
  • Macular Hole

    The condition known as a macular hole refers to a tiny break in the macula that results in blurry or distorted vision. To fully understand the condition, one must understand eye anatomy. The macula is a spot located in the center of the retina (the back portion of the eye). Located where light comes ...

    Read More
  • How It Helps

    The goal of vision therapy is to treat vision problems that cannot be fully addressed through eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. For example, studies show that vision therapy may be beneficial for addressing eyestrain and other issues that can affect a child’s reading abilities. The human brain ...

    Read More
  • How It Works

    Vision therapy, also referred to as vision training, neuro-vision therapy, or vision rehabilitation, is an optometry subspecialty. Vision therapy is prescribed to develop, improve and/or enhance visual function so an individual’s vision system functions more smoothly. Vision therapy can be beneficial ...

    Read More
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    One of the leading causes of vision loss in people who are age 50 or older is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This common eye condition leads to damage of a small spot near the center of the retina called the macula. The macula provides us with the ability to clearly see objects that are straight ...

    Read More
  • Signs and Symptoms Checklist

    Vision therapy, which is also known as vision training or visual training, is an individualized treatment program that can help identify and correct perceptual-cognitive deficiencies that are impacting visual learning, focus, and concentration. Vision Therapy for Children: Checklist While individuals ...

    Read More
  • Pediatric Ophthlamology

    Ophthalmology addresses the physiology, anatomy and diseases of the eyes. Pediatric ophthalmology focuses on the eyes of children. Pediatric ophthalmologists examine children’s eyes to see if they need corrective lenses or other treatments to improve their vision. Training for Pediatric Ophthalmologists Pediatric ...

    Read More
  • Presbyopia

    Somewhere around the age of 40, most people’s eyes lose the ability to focus on close-up objects. This condition is called presbyopia. You may start holding reading material farther away, because it is blurry up close. Reading suddenly gives you eyestrain. You might wonder when manufacturers started ...

    Read More
  • Myopia

    Myopia, or nearsightedness, means that your eyes can see close objects clearly but struggle to see things in the distance. Nearly 30 percent of Americans are nearsighted. This condition usually develops in children and teenagers, up to about the age of 20. A teacher or parent might notice a child squinting ...

    Read More
  • Diabetic Eye Diseases

    Diabetes is a condition that involves high blood sugar (glucose) levels. This can affect many parts of the body, including the eyes. One of the most common diabetic eye diseases is diabetic retinopathy, which is also a leading cause of blindness in American adults. Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetic retinopathy ...

    Read More

Newsletter Sign Up