Vision for Kids

Vision for Kids

Barrett Eye Care’s
Vision for Kids
Ages 3-18

What to Expect

Dr. Courtney Gonzales has two young children of her own and is very comfortable talking to and examining our young patients. She recommends getting an eye exam by a pediatric ophthalmologist in the first 1-3 years of life especially if you feel that anything is wrong with your child’s eyes. If everything has been normal and the children are meeting all their milestones, it is still a good idea to have your child examined by age 3 or 4 but most definitely prior to starting Kindergarten and yearly after that. Children’s eyes can change rapidly as they grow.

The toddler and preschool age is a period where children experience drastic growth in intellectual and motor skills. During this time they will develop the fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and perceptual abilities that will prepare them to read and write, play sports and participate in creative activities such as drawing, sculpting or building. This is all dependent upon good vision and visual processes. In essence, their eyes are their most important school supply. It is important to make sure they have the tools to be successful when starting school.

Dr. Gonzales will check their visual acuity by asking the child what letters or pictures they can make out. She will use different lights to check the eye health of your child’s eyes. If able, a dilated eye exam is preferred to fully check the eye health. To dilate the eyes, one eye drop in each eye is instilled. This can take 10-15 minutes to fully dilate. At such a young age, we try to obtain as much information as the child allows us to. We never do anything the child or parent isn’t comfortable with.

In the event your child needs glasses, polycarbonate lens material is recommended for children because it is highly durable and shatter resistant. If you have your children on your vision insurance plan, we can apply those benefits to their glasses. If no insurance is available, we have created this package pricing:

Dr. Gonzales’ Preventative Pediatric Package includes:
  • Comprehensive Eye Exam $69
  • Frame and Single Vision Polycarbonate Lens Package starts at 120*

*Package includes any frame under $120. If a frame over $120 is chosen, you will pay the difference. If you choose any add-on’s, such as anti-glare or transitions, this is an addition cost but will get a 20% discount

Download this free book created by an optometrist just for kids to help prepare for their first eye exam!

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