Total Vision Care – Rancho Bernardo
Children's Eye Exams

Children’s Eye Exams
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Strong Eyes for Life Requires Special Care

Did you know that your child’s visual skills are limited when they’re born? Your baby has to learn how to use these organs, much like how they learn to walk and talk. As your child grows, they’ll develop the 17 vital visual skills they need to learn and understand the visual information their eyes send to their brain. 

If your child has a vision problem, they may experience developmental delays. Early and regular pediatric eye exams are important for ensuring your child doesn’t go through life with an undiagnosed vision problem. Between you and your optometrist, you can ensure that your child won’t struggle due to their eyes. At Total Vision in Rancho Bernardo, we can help your child with eye exams that are safe, non-invasive, and thorough. Our eye care team is experienced with working with children and genuinely cares about your child’s eye health. Call us today to schedule an eye exam!

When Does My Child Need an Eye Exam?

The American Optometry Association recommends an eye exam frequency schedule based on your child’s major visual milestones. However, every child is different. Your optometrist will likely suggest a more personalized exam frequency based on your child’s unique needs. Every pediatric eye exam uses advanced technology and tried-and-true methods to assess your child’s eye health, visual skills, eye movements, and refraction, as well as check for childhood vision problems.

We recommend that your child comes in for a comprehensive eye exam by the time they’re 1 year old. Your baby starts to develop eye-hand coordination, tracking, binocular vision, depth perception, and color vision during the first year of their life, and your optometrist will check that these skills are on track.

This exam is also used to check your child for vision problems, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, strabismus, and amblyopia, and eye health concerns, although these are rare at this age.

Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” is caused by reduced vision in one eye due to an abnormal visual development in early life. The “lazy” eye characteristically wanders, turning in or out.

This common childhood vision problem generally develops between birth and 7 years, and is the leading cause of decreased vision in children.

Children can’t outgrow amblyopia. If this issue is left untreated until preteen, teen, or adulthood, treatment is less effective and often takes longer. However, when diagnosed early, children have a great chance of recovering completely.

Treatment can include vision therapy, a non-invasive, science-based program that improves the connection between the brain and eyes.

Strabismus, also known as “crossed eyes,” is a vision condition that causes the eyes to look in different directions simultaneously. It tends to occur in those with poor muscle development or are very farsighted.

The brain requires the eyes to look at the same place to understand the visual information it receives. When a child’s eyes become misaligned, it can confuse the brain with the 2 different images it receives. At first, your child may experience double vision or poor depth perception, but over time, the brain will start to ignore images from the turned eye, resulting in poor vision in that eye.

Strabismus usually develops in infants and young children, most often by age 3. But older children and even adults can develop it.

Like amblyopia, strabismus won’t go away on its own. Without treatment, strabismus can get worse. Strabismus can be treated with vision therapy, and with excellent results when diagnosed early.

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane over the eyes and inner eyelids. You may know this issue as “pink eye,” as the inflamed blood vessels in the conjunctiva give conjunctivitis its characteristic pink color.

Conjunctivitis has several causes, but is a common infection spread among children in school or daycare. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are caused by bacterial and viral infections that are highly contagious. But conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergies, which isn’t contagious. The distinction is important, so if you think your child has pink eye, please book an eye care appointment for them immediately.

Children's Eye Exam

Common Pediatric Eye Conditions

Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” is caused by reduced vision in one eye due to an abnormal visual development in early life. The “lazy” eye characteristically wanders, turning in or out.

This common childhood vision problem generally develops between birth and 7 years, and is the leading cause of decreased vision in children.

Children can’t outgrow amblyopia. If this issue is left untreated until preteen, teen, or adulthood, treatment is less effective and often takes longer. However, when diagnosed early, children have a great chance of recovering completely.

Treatment can include vision therapy, a non-invasive, science-based program that improves the connection between the brain and eyes.

Strabismus, also known as “crossed eyes,” is a vision condition that causes the eyes to look in different directions simultaneously. It tends to occur in those with poor muscle development or are very farsighted.

The brain requires the eyes to look at the same place to understand the visual information it receives. When a child’s eyes become misaligned, it can confuse the brain with the 2 different images it receives. At first, your child may experience double vision or poor depth perception, but over time, the brain will start to ignore images from the turned eye, resulting in poor vision in that eye.

Strabismus usually develops in infants and young children, most often by age 3. But older children and even adults can develop it.

Like amblyopia, strabismus won’t go away on its own. Without treatment, strabismus can get worse. Strabismus can be treated with vision therapy, and with excellent results when diagnosed early.

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane over the eyes and inner eyelids. You may know this issue as “pink eye,” as the inflamed blood vessels in the conjunctiva give conjunctivitis its characteristic pink color.

Conjunctivitis has several causes, but is a common infection spread among children in school or daycare. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are caused by bacterial and viral infections that are highly contagious. But conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergies, which isn’t contagious. The distinction is important, so if you think your child has pink eye, please book an eye care appointment for them immediately.

Protect Your Child’s Gift of Sight

We know eye exams can be intimidating for our littlest patients, so our eye care team focuses on creating a warm, welcoming environment where we treat everyone like family. Our main goal is to keep your child’s eyes happy, healthy, and strong. Call us today to book a children’s eye appointment at Total Vision in beautiful Rancho Bernardo!

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Find us nestled in the hills of Rancho Bernardo. Take Bernardo Plaza Court from Bernardo Center Drive to Bernardo Plaza. You can’t miss us!

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  • 11717 Bernardo Plaza Court
  • San Diego, CA 92128

Our Hours

  • Monday: 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    by appointment
  • Sunday: Closed

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