What’s the difference between an infant and an adult eye exam?

What’s the difference between an infant and an adult eye exam?

When I give community education seminars to mom and tot groups,
parents are often surprised that children as young as 6 months old can
get their eyes examined.  Parents are so used to having to answer
“which is better, one or two?” and since their babies can’t speak,
they assume they’re too young for an eye exam.  Optometrists use
different techniques for infant eye exams that don’t require speech.
For example, we use a retinoscope to estimate a baby’s prescription.
Your baby will need to focus on an object (we use videos at Avenue
Eyecare) and with the use of handheld lenses and the retinoscope, we
look at the reflex of light from your baby’s retina to ensure their
prescription is in the normal range for their age.  Another important
thing to check for is eye alignment.  This is simply done by observing
how their eyes work together while following and object (usually  toy)
and measuring how evenly light reflexes line up on the cornea.  We
also screen your child’s eyes for congenital diseases such as
congenital cataracts and retinoblastoma.

We’ll be at the “bellies to babies” convention this Sunday from
11am-4pm at the Croatian cultural centre.  If you’re interested in
learning more or looking at some of the equipment we use, come visit
us at our booth.  We will have some great prizes and giveaways.

Here’s the link to the event:http://belliestobabiescelebration.com/

Dr. Jessica Chang, OD drchang@avenueeyecare.com