Your child is unique and so is our approach to their eye care. Whether your child was referred to our office for a medical condition such as crossing or wandering (strabismus), “lazy eye” (amblyopia), blocked tear ducts or a failed vision screening, every new patient exam begins with a comprehensive medical evaluation that includes the following:
- Assessment of Visual Acuity
- Evaluation of Eye Alignment and Movement
- Binocular Vision and Sensorimotor Exams
- Anterior Segment and External Exam
- Examination of the Retina and Optic Nerve
For most initial eye examinations, eye drops will be used to dilate (temporarily enlarge) your child’s pupils. This ensures a more accurate and complete exam and permits the physician to examine the retina, blood vessels of the eye and the optic nerve. These drops will cause the pupil to appear larger than normal and may cause blurriness and slight sensitivity. Normally, the effects of the drops are gone within several hours.
Because a comprehensive eye examination requires more time than a well child visit, please allow two hours for a new patient exam.