Part of your child’s routine pediatric care includes vision screening to protect your child’s eye health. The team at Manchester Pediatric Associates evaluates your child’s vision at every visit to identify any potential conditions that could affect how they see. If you have concerns about your child’s vision, schedule an appointment at the South Windsor, or Tolland, Connecticut, office or request your child’s vision screening online today.

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Why is vision screening important?

Vision screenings can provide your child with early detection of eye health issues. If your child’s vision issues don’t get treated properly, they can run the risk of having long-term eye health problems.

The team at Manchester Pediatric Associates can correct your child’s eye health issues with intervention. With early detection, they can treat issues that include refractive errors, lazy eyes, and strabismus.

When you bring your child in for their annual wellness exam, let your provider know if you have any concerns about your child’s vision. They provide vision screenings as part of your child’s annual exam.

How do I know if my child needs vision screening?

As a parent, you can watch for signs that indicate your child is struggling with their vision. Signs to look for include:

  • Squinting
  • Covers one eye
  • Tilts their head frequently
  • Rubs their eyes often
  • Holds objects or books very close to their face
  • Complains about headaches

If your child doesn’t have cognitive or learning issues but struggles with reading, they could have double vision. You might also notice visible signs of eye health issues, such as seeing their eyes turn inward or outward.

For school-aged children, your teacher might alert you to their inability to see the board.

Don’t delay a vision screening for your child if they show any symptoms of having issues with their vision or eye health.

What happens during a vision screening?

The state-of-the-art pediatric team at Manchester Pediatric Associates uses various vision tools to test your child’s vision. They also use simple tests, such as having your child read letters from an eye chart. This helps their doctor understand how clearly your child can see.

The exam is painless and includes the doctor physically examining your child’s eye to detect early signs of misalignment issues and to make sure they have normal eye movements.

In addition, you can expect to discuss your family’s eye health history, which can help your doctor understand any additional risk factors for your child’s eyes. You can also use this time to consult with the pediatrician about any concerns you might have.

To schedule a vision screening for your child, call the practice or request your appointment online today.