Most parents are extremely diligent when it comes to the healthcare of their children bringing them to the pediatrician for routine visits several times a year. However, the one area that is often neglected when caring for children’s health is their eyes. Statistics from the American Optometric Association (AOA) show that 49 percent of children under six have never had a comprehensive eye exam. Our pediatric eye doctor in McLean believes that every child should have a comprehensive eye exam at a much younger age, the AOA recommends a first eye exam at 6 months of age and then again at age three and again before they enter the first grade.
The pediatric eye exams at the Retina Group of Washington do more than just test visual acuity, which is all that is generally done during in-school eye tests or even the preliminary eye exams given by pediatricians. A child can have 20/20 eyesight but still have vision problems. Pediatric eye care is so important for even the young child because vision problems, even slight ones can hamper learning during the critical years. Comprehensive pediatric eye exams at our practice include measuring near vision, distance vision, binocular coordination, eye movement skills, focusing skills, peripheral awareness and hand-eye coordination. We use the latest in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, and ongoing evaluation of all pediatric retinal diseases. Among the conditions that our pediatric eye doctor in McLean has pioneered treatments for are: neonatal vitreous hemorrhage, juvenile retinal detachment, ocular trauma, traumatic retinal detachment and choroidal rupture, persistent fetal vascular syndrome, juvenile (X-linked) retinoschisis, optic nerve anomalies, including optic pit and morning glory disc as well as inflammatory and infectious diseases affecting the retina and choroid in children.
If there is a sudden problem with the retina or other part of the eye or a traumatic injury to the eye our pediatric eye doctor in McLean is here to provide expert emergency care. Our entire practice is dedicated to not only expert treatment of the actual condition but also offering the families of the young patients as much support as possible. You can feel reassured by placing your child’s vision care in the hands of our doctors in our practice.