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Pediatric Eye Exams

Vision conditions/disorders are the most common disabling factor in children according to the CDC. Unfortunately, undue reliance on vision screening by pediatricians or other primary care physicians may result in the late detection of diplopia (double vision) and other vision disorders. One study found that only 26 percent of children failing the American Academy of Pediatrics visions screening guidelines were referred for a professional eye examination. Early detection and prevention are critical to a child’s overall health. By failing to detect and treat these conditions, children are at risk for a lifetime of poor vision or blindness. As a result, developmental milestones may not be met, low self-esteem, anxiety and poor academic achievement are often present and can continue into adolescence and adulthood.

Preparing for Your Child's Exam

We know that the first visit to an eye doctor can be intimidating for your child. Our staff and Doctors do their best to make your family feel welcome
and at ease through the visit. We want this exam to be an experience that is fun and exciting!

Please enjoy these printable activities for your child's exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vision Screenings are given in a pediatrician's office or at a school. These screenings can miss many vision problems because they are only designed to check distance vision. Vision Screenings should not be considered the same as an eye exam. Our Comprehensive Eye Exam is a full medical evaluation of your eye health and assessment of the visual system by a highly qualified optometrist.

The dilatation drops are an important part of a pediatric Comprehensive Eye Exam. To be able to get the most accurate measurements and to be able to perform a complete eye health assessment, it is important that we dilate. We understand this is often a source of fear during an exam, but our providers will do everything possible to make your child comfortable so the experience is a positive one.

The American Optometric Association recommends that children have their eyes examined by 6 months, between the ages of 3 and 5, before entering first grade and then annually unless other issues are identified.

We accept most major insurance plans; please call your insurance carrier for benefit details. We are providers for State of NH Medicaid. American Eyecare, our on-site optical shop also accepts the State of NH Medicaid which typically covers new lens and frames once a year.