Carrboro Family Vision provides vision care for all ages. From fitting a teenager into contact lenses, to evaluating an infant’s eyesight, to moving patients into progressive lenses for presbyopia, we love seeing all the members of your family. For specific questions about children’s eye exams, please don’t hesitate to call and talk to one of our staff members. During a comprehensive eye exam, the doctors of Carrboro Family Vision measure both the health of your eyes and your visual acuity.
Typically, every patient who comes to see us for a comprehensive eye exam has a refraction– the part of the eye exam where the doctor measures your visual acuity and determines if you need glasses. If you have a refraction during your eye exam and the doctor indicates that you need glasses, we will have a prescription for glasses, valid for two years, on file for you. We’re always happy to email prescriptions to our patients, or to print them out at the time of your visit upon request.
In addition to measuring for refractive errors of the eye, the doctors will also carefully look at the health of your eyes. An important part of the visit is when the doctors looks at your retina, the back part of your eye. This is done one of two ways, either with a dilated eye exam or by taking a photograph with Optomap imaging. With Optomap imaging, we use a large, specialized camera to take a photograph of the retina, which usually eliminates the need for dilation. The Optos, as we call it, provides a photographic record of the health of your eye. Regardless of whether you choose dilation or Optos photography, the doctor will typically want to look at your retina. The retina is the only part of the central nervous system that medical professionals can visualize non-invasively, and monitoring it every year allows the doctors to track changes in the vasculature of your eye and other indicators of health. This part of the eye exam is especially important for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
For children, the following are warning signs of vision problems:
- Frequent rubbing or blinking of eyes
- Short attention span or drowsiness with near work
- Re-reads or skips words
- Avoiding near work
- A drop in scholastic or sports performance
- Covering one eye
- Tilting the head (when reading)
- Squinting one or both eyes
- Placing head close to book or desk
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Burning or itchy eyes
For children, eye exams are recommended at 6 Months old, 3 Years old, before starting kindergarten, and annually thereafter, or as recommended by the optometrist.