Ophthalmologist Mark Golden, MD, and the team at Doctors For Visual Freedom love working with kids and are proud to be the eye care team of choice for many families in and around the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Golden knows how vital that routine eye care can be for children since his sister was not properly diagnosed and prescribed glasses until she was a teenager. Call the office today to schedule a visit, or spend a few moments on the simple online booking page.
Pediatric eye care is an area of eye health care focused on addressing the needs of children. While kids have far lower rates of vision and eye health issues as adults, there are still many problems that can develop during childhood.
Routine eye exams and vision correction when needed can set your child on a path toward a lifetime of healthy vision. That’s why many parents choose to bring their kids in for an eye exam during early childhood.
Your child’s initial eye health screening should occur when they are around nine months old, even if there are no signs of vision issues. During these early visits, Dr. Golden checks for proper eye alignment and movement as well as early signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or a blend of both (astigmatism).
Kids are required to have a comprehensive eye exam before they begin school. When vision or eye health issues go undiagnosed, kids can experience learning challenges based on an inability to see properly. There are even kids that are improperly diagnosed with developmental issues when it’s actually their vision that is causing difficulty at school.
Dr. Golden will advise you on the best schedule for your child’s pediatric eye care examinations. Adhering to this schedule is the best way to ensure your little one is receiving the screenings and vision correction needed to thrive.
Some kids are anxious about coming to see any type of doctor. In those instances, there are things you can do to reduce their anxiety and ensure they get the care they need.
There is a multitude of children’s books that focus on coming to see the doctor, including many that focus specifically on eye health. Find one that is written for your child’s age group and read it together, making time to answer any questions your little one has about the process.
Perhaps the best way to convince a child that there is nothing to fear about an eye exam is to bring them in with you during one of your own examinations. This allows your child to watch you go through the process with ease and also provides a chance for Dr. Golden and the team to meet your child and develop the beginnings of trust. As a father, Dr. Golden has an easy manner with children, and rarely are drops needed.
Pediatric eye care can give your child a great start toward a lifetime of healthy vision. To book your appointment, call the office today to take a few moments to check out the online booking page.