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We Offer Gentle Pediatric Eye Exams in Arlington

Did you know that 80% of learning is visual? A child's ability to see directly impacts their growth and development. At Virginia Vision in Arlington, we take pride in our pediatric eye care, ensuring your child's vision is in the best shape for a bright future.

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At Virginia Vision, a pediatric eye exam comprehensively assesses your child's vision and eye health. Our experienced optometrists use child-friendly techniques to evaluate visual acuity, eye alignment, and any potential issues affecting their development.

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Why Are Pediatric Eye Exams Important?

Regular pediatric eye exams are crucial to detect and address vision-related issues early on. Children's eyes undergo rapid changes as they grow, and timely intervention can prevent long-term problems. Our pediatric eye care at Virginia Vision ensures your child's vision is on the right track.

What to Expect During a Pediatric Eye Exam

Our friendly and skilled optometrists will review your child's medical history and conduct painless tests. These tests help us evaluate vision, eye alignment, and overall eye health. Rest assured, we'll provide a thorough assessment in a comfortable environment.

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How Often Should Children Have Eye Exams?

According to the American Optometric Association, children should have their first eye exam at six months, then exams at three years, the start of school, and then every two years. Your eye doctor may recommend more frequent exams if any risk factors or signs of vision problems arise — trust Virginia Vision for regular check-ups in Arlington.

Common Vision Problems in Children

  • Refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism)
  • Strabismus (misaligned eyes)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Other eye problems, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal problems
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Signs and Symptoms of Eye Problems in Children

  • Frequent squinting or blinking
  • Difficulty seeing distant objects or reading
  • Red, watery, or itchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Misaligned eyes
  • Head tilting
  • Poor hand-eye coordination

How to Prepare for Your Child's Eye Exam

  • Talk to your child about what to expect during the exam.
  • Gather your child's medical records, including any previous eye exam results.
  • Bring your child's glasses or contact lenses if they have any.
  • Write down any questions or concerns you have.
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What Happens During a Pediatric Eye Exam?

The eye doctor will review your child's medical history and ask about any vision problems you have noticed.

The eye doctor will perform a series of tests to assess your child's vision, eye alignment, eye pressure, and overall eye health.

The eye doctor will discuss the results of the exam with you and make recommendations for any further treatment or follow-up.

Tips for Helping Your Child Cooperate During an Eye Exam

  • Be positive and reassuring.
  • Explain the exam in simple terms that your child can understand.
  • Allow your child to take breaks if needed.
  • Bring a favorite toy or snack to help keep your child calm.
  • Praise your child for cooperating.
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