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Kids Eye Exams with a Pediatric Eye Doctor

It is important to make the eye examination a positive experience for children.

The initial exam sets the tone for how a child will feel about maintaining good vision and wearing glasses. Making the appointment early in the day can make the experience more comfortable because the child is less likely to be tired. It is also a good idea to be sure that the child eats something before the exam. Children who are tired or hungry are less cooperative during the exam.

The exam should be talked about naturally, so that the child doesn't perceive it as a frightening experience, and questions about the exam should be encouraged. Many child experts believe that comparing instruments used during the eye exam to familiar objects at home can make the exam less frightening for the child. Parents can compare the eye chart to a puzzle, and eye instruments to a flashlight, kaleidoscope and binoculars.

Choosing an eye care professional is also important. Parents should choose an eye care professional who frequently works with children to make sure that the experience is a pleasant one for the child.  Pediatric Optometrist, Dr. Jill A. Kronberg is Residency trained.  Residency training means that Dr. Kronberg has the clinical experience and advanced training parents can rely on to care for children of all ages...including infants and toddlers.

The team of Developmental Optometrists at Artisan Optics have been providing vision care for children for over 20 years. You will find the entire Artisan staff comfortable and at ease when working with children. At Artisan Optics we love kids!


 

Your Child's Developing Eyes

Vision is a dominant process in the growth, development and daily performance of children. Good vision includes healthy eyes, age appropriate visual acuity, visual integration and visual skills such as eye teaming, eye focusing and eye motility. Developmental Optometrists can evaluate these components and help ensure your child reaches his or her potential.

Visual acuity: Visual acuity is the ability to see objects appropriate for your child’s age. It can be measured by your optometrist long before your child can read or recognize letters.

Eye health: Eye disease can impair vision or lead to vision loss if not diagnosed and treated. Most conditions can be treated best if caught early.

Eye teaming: The ability of the eyes to work together.

Eye focusing: The ability of the eyes to focus clearly at different distances quickly, accurately, and for sustained periods of time.

Eye motility or tracking: The ability of the eyes to smoothly follow moving objects and to move accurately from one object to another.

Visual integration: The ability to process and integrate visual information, which includes and coordinates input from our other senses and previous experiences so that we can understand what we see. The eye-hand coordination involved in tossing a ball, or a game of patty-cake, requires a great deal of teamwork between the senses.

Prenatal Care

A bright start

When you are expecting, proper prenatal care and nutrition are very important to the development of healthy eyes and the related nervous system. Researchers are continually discovering more about the link between nutrition and eyesight.

Birth

Opening to a new world

It might take a moment or two for your baby’s eyes to open. His eyes should be examined for signs of congenital eye problems. These are rare, but early diagnosis and treatment are important to your child’s development. Health professionals typically administer an antibiotic ointment, such as erythromycin, to prevent infection. Within a short period of time, he will begin to focus on objects less than a foot away, such as mom’s face when nursing.

The latest research shows that complex shapes and high contrast targets best stimulate the interest of infants. When setting up baby’s room, include décor that is bright, contrasting and varied. Babies’ eyes are drawn to new objects, so be prepared to change the location of items. Also have a nightlight, to provide visual stimulation when the baby is awake in bed. While children should be put down to sleep on their backs to reduce the chance of SIDS, they should have supervised time on their stomach. This provides important visual and motor experiences.

Two Months

Learning to look

For the first six to eight weeks of life, it is normal for a child’s eyes to not always track together. This should not be a concern unless the child’s eyes are never aligned or their alignment does not gradually improve. Tears are normal for many children because the tear drainage ducts may not have fully opened. They usually open on their own, but the doctor should be informed and he or she will suggest what to do to stimulate the opening of the ducts if it continues or seems excessive.

Four Months

Eyes, brain, hands

During the first four months of life, your baby should begin to follow moving objects with the eyes and reach for things. At first, this will be inconsistent, and later more accurate, as eye-hand coordination and depth perception begin to develop. During the next few months, your baby should begin to use his/her arms and legs. Eye movement and eye/body coordination skills continue to develop as vision progressively stimulates and guides movement.

Six to Nine Months

A trip to the optometrist

Your baby’s first visit to your doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye assessment should be scheduled at six months of age. The optometrist will test for visual acuity, excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, evaluate eye alignment, and examine eye teaming ability. The health of your baby’s eyes will be assessed as well. Although problems are not common, it is important to identify children who have specific risk factors at this stage. Vision development and eye health problems can be more easily corrected if treatment is begun early. Artisan Optics offers a no cost InfantSee Exam for your baby.

Ten to Twelve Months

Getting mobile

Your baby is mobile now, being attracted to objects in their visual environment. He is using both eyes together to judge distances, and is grasping and throwing objects with greater precision. Crawling is important for developing eye-hand-foot-body coordination.

Jill A. Kronberg, OD, FAAO: Residency-Trained Pediatric Optometrist

Idaho's best choice for pediatric eye care

 

Dr. Kronberg grew up in Wyoming before attending the University of Northern Colorado where she received a bachelor's of science in chemistry. Dr. Kronberg graduated from Southern California College of Optometry before pursuing a residency in pediatrics and primary care at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Kronberg is the first residency trained pediatric optometrist in Idaho. Her areas of expertise include infant and toddler vision development, amblyopia, strabismus, and the specific visual conditions of the pediatric population - including those with special needs. Her experience brings specialized developmental pediatric vision care to Idaho.
 

Dr. Kronberg is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAA) and a member of the American Optometric Association & Idaho Optometric Physicians.

 

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Schedule your appointment with Dr. Kronberg or call us at 208.377.8899.