Comprehensive Eye exams:

Our doctors provide comprehensive eye exams to all of our pediatric patients. This includes an assessment of visual acuity, eye alignment, depth perception (stereopsis), evaluation of the anterior segment (front portion of the eye including the cornea and lens), evaluation of the posterior segment (retina and optic nerve) and refraction. The refraction is the determination of the optical properties of the eye.

This includes evaluation for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. This measurement can be done for patients of all ages. It is based on the length of the eye, the curvature of the surface of the eye, and the power of the natural lens inside the eye.

Using an instrument called a retinoscope and various lenses we can determine whether or not your infant or child requires glasses. In children the refraction is measured after dilation of the pupils. The dilating drops will decrease your child’s ability to adjust the focusing power of their eyes and will allow us to accurately determine whether or not glasses are needed.