Children’s Eye Exam Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

Routine children’s eye exams are the best way to protect your child’s health and ensure they can see clearly. At Specs Appeal, skilled optometrists Reed Gibb, OD, and Chad Waggoner, OD, offer comprehensive children’s eye exams in-office using the latest diagnostic technologies. The on-site optical store also features a wide range of eyeglasses and contact lenses for children and adolescents. Call the office in St. George, Utah, today to schedule a children’s eye exam, or book a consultation online.

Children’s Eye Exam Q & A

Why are children’s eye exams important?

Much of a child’s learning processes involve good vision. Because a child may not be able to complain about blurry or distorted vision when they’re young, it’s important they receive routine eye exams from experienced optometrists like Dr. Waggoner and Dr. Gibb in addition to the vision testing they have with their pediatrician and in school.  

Specs Appeal features the latest diagnostic technologies to evaluate your child’s visual acuity and eye health to ensure your child can see clearly. Exams also help them get the corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses they need before their vision worsens.

You should schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year. Ask your child’s provider at Specs Appeal how early to schedule their first appointment. Your child will also need an exam before they begin school.

What is involved in children’s eye exams?

At your child’s first eye exam, you will spend time discussing your child’s personal and family health histories. You’ll discuss any complications during pregnancy or delivery and any issues you notice in your child, like squinting, blinking, or frequent eye rubbing.

In young children, Dr. Gibb and Dr. Waggoner can test their pupil response to light and a child’s ability to follow an object as it moves. They also offer visual acuity tests to identify how well your child can see age-appropriate objects, letters, and colors.

The providers use retinoscopy to measure your child’s refractive error to determine conditions like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. These disorders can cause blurry or distorted vision. 

Your child’s eye exam also includes a comprehensive visual exam of the eyes to identify infections or other issues that affect their cornea, retina, iris, and eyelids.

How often do I schedule children’s eye exams?

You should schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year; ask your provider how early you should schedule your child’s first eye exam. They also need an exam before they begin school.

Dr. Gibb and Dr. Waggoner can determine how often your child needs follow-up eye exams based on the results of their initial testing. If the providers identify any issues that affect your child’s eye health or vision, they customize a care plan that may include medications or corrective lenses and may request more frequent visits to monitor your child’s eye health.

Specs Appeal offers an on-site optical store with a wide range of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses choices for young children and adolescents. Dr. Waggoner and Dr. Gibb can make adjustments to your child’s prescription when necessary.

To schedule a children’s eye exam, call the Specs Appeal office nearest to you today, or book a consultation online.