Vision exam for children: testing for more than 20/20

20/20 just means that the person can clearly see a certain letter on the standard eye chart (equivalent to what a person with normal vision should be able to see at 20 feet). There's so much more to healthy vision than 20/20!

Our comprehensive vision exam goes beyond 20/20, evaluating other conditions that are just as important. For instance, we test visual acuity at near to determine if your child has clear sight at short distances critical to reading and computer use. We also check eye teaming, focusing, and movement skills: do the two eyes aim as a coordinated team? Are they capable of rapidly focusing at varying distances? If they cannot, your child may have difficulty or limiting potential in various sporting and athletic activities. Your child may struggle when changing focus from the chalkboard to the desk, and we thoroughly test these skills with each visit.

Do you treat or diagnose learning problems, disabilities, dyslexia?

Does your child struggle with reading, have difficulty remembering what they read, seem clumsy or uncoordinated, or experience recurrent headaches, fatigue, or blurred vision while studying? If you answered yes to some of these questions, bring your child in for a complete evaluation and we may be able to help.

For instance, to diagnose whether your child has dyslexia, we test for reversal frequency. Is confusion or reversal of letters or words (b, d; p, q; saw, was; etc.) within the normal ranges for a given age? Past the age of seven, frequent visual and written reversals might indicate a visual perceptual dysfunction. If your child is diagnosed with vision problems that result in a learning disability, our state-of-the-art Vision Therapy Center can help him or her overcome these problems and return to school with confidence.

The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six months, three years, and five years. It is particularly important that your child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into Kindergarten. While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended.

Vision exams for adults

The American Optometric Association recommends a yearly eye exam for adults. Routine eye exams are very important to monitor the health of your eyes, as well as to determine your need for glasses. Some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, have no early warning signs and can only be detected with a thorough eye exam.

21st century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Now more than ever, adults are spending more time on computers. This causes tremendous stress on the visual system and can sometimes induce headaches and/or visual difficulties. With a thorough eye examination these conditions can be effectively treated with therapeutic lenses and/or Vision Therapy.

At Eyecare Professionals, we are equipped with the latest technology in diagnostic and examination equipment. This allows us to provide our patients with the most thorough, comprehensive eye examinations available.

So often we find that patients are "turned off" by the impersonal nature of health care today. In our office, we still believe that each individual patient counts. That's why the doctors and staff will take the time to listen, and provide the best solutions to your individual vision and eye care needs.