Humans are visual creatures so everyone has a responsibility to maintain clear vision. Children, in particular, need regular comprehensive eye exams for their wellbeing. Southwest Vision Center can take care of the eyes of everyone in your family. Our pediatric optometrist in Three Rivers, MI, can help your infant or young child with our eye exam services. Learn why this is important here:

Eye Exams

Why are eye exams for children important?

Eye exams for children help detect and treat problems early. Experts found that 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have problems with their vision. Eye exams for children can prevent childhood vision problems that can cause permanent vision loss. They also make sure that children will not have problems with processing visual information. Clearer vision can help children do better in school and improves their overall well-being.

When should children take an eye exam?

Newborns need a trained health professional to perform a red reflect test for a basic indicator that their eyes are normal. If the baby is premature, they need a comprehensive eye exam in Edwardsburg, MI, to rule out any vision problems. Infants need to get another test once they are between six months to one year old. Children between the ages of 3 and 3 and a half need a vision and eye alignment test. Once they enter school, children need eye exams every two years.

What do I need to expect during an eye exam?

It is best to choose a time when your child is alert and happy when scheduling an eye exam. While specifics vary with your child’s age, eye exams generally involve a case history, vision testing, and determination if your child needs eyeglasses. We also test eye alignment, examine eye health, and consult with you regarding the findings. Before the procedure, make sure to inform us about previous ocular diagnoses and treatments involving your child and your family’s history of eye problems.

Our children’s eye doctor in Granger, IN, can help your child maintain their clear vision. Good vision is important to a child’s physical development and success in school. By detecting any problems early, we are able to treat them more effectively. Southwest Vision Center is a patient-focused practice that provides personalized care. Give us a call to learn more about the importance of comprehensive eye exams for children. You can also schedule an appointment.

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9:00am – 6:00pm Monday
8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Friday
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Three Rivers
9:00am – 6:00pm Monday
8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Friday
Closed Saturday & Sunday

   8:00am – 5:00pm Monday  
9:00am – 6:00pm Tuesday
8:00am – 5:00pm Wed
8:00am – 5:00pm Thursday
8:00am – 5:00pm Friday
Closed Saturday & Sunday