Schedule an Eye Exam for your Child with our Experienced Optometrists
At Huseman Eye Care, our Des Moines and West Des Moines eye doctors provide pediatric eye exams to stay on top of your child's ever-changing and developing eye health. Our eye care team maintains a welcoming, friendly environment to ensure that your child is comfortable throughout the entire exam, and an annual pediatric exam allows us to ensure that your child's eyes and vision are developing properly. If your child hasn't had an eye exam in the past year, be sure to schedule one with us as soon as possible.
Vision Problems We Check for in Pediatric Eye Exams
Because a child's eyes do a great deal of development at a young age, a regular kids eye exam in West Des Moines is just as important as your child's annual physical or routine dental exams. After all, there are many eye conditions and vision problems that tend to manifest themselves at a young age, and the earlier we're able to detect them, the more successful treatment can be.
Some of the more common eye conditions we see in children and can screen for during a pediatric eye exam include:
- Near- and far-sightedness (refractive errors)
- Strabismus (cross-eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Astigmatism (curvature of the eye lens)
Fortunately, all of these conditions can be treated with corrective lenses, eye patching, or surgery (in more extreme cases). Furthermore, the sooner these conditions are diagnosed, the better.
Potential Symptoms to Watch Out for in Your Child
In addition to regular eye exams, there are some potential symptoms of eye problems to watch out for in your child and that should warrant a visit to the eye doctor if noticed. Some possible problems to watch out for include:
- Blurry vision
- Complaints of eye pain or headaches
- Trouble reading and writing
- Decline in academic performance
What to Expect From a Pediatric Eye Exam
When we perform a child's eye exam in Des Moines, there are a number of steps we will take to ensure a thorough exam and to make sure your child is comfortable. We'll begin by getting to know you and your child as well as his or her medical history. From there, we can move onto a physical inspection of the eyes as well as the back of the eye.
In our office, we can also test for alignment issues in the eye by performing what's known as a "cover test," as well as any visual acuity testing for color blindness, vision problems, and other common childhood eye conditions.
If you're ready to schedule your child's next eye exam with our eye doctor in West Des Moines, give Huseman Eye Care a call today at (515) 278-1653 today! We have two convenient locations and several great doctors at each office. We can also be sure to find an appointment date and time that works for you!